The ‘Educate Girls’ office situated in the Pali district of Rajasthan regularly sees a heavy influx of courageous girls. They meet and share their stories, tragedies, victories and also their dreams. They are Team Balika members, who choose to be the voice of girls in their village. Kanta is one of them.
Kanta was only in the seventh grade when she got engaged. Soon after her engagement, her father passed away. “People started cursing me, called me inauspicious and I cried. People thought that it was better if I was married off and so I was. Life became hell. My husband was an alcoholic and would ill-treat me every day!”
Kanta conceived a baby and instead of being happy her husband threw her out of the house. Kanta returned to her mother.
She decided to face she struggles with confidence and started teaching children in her neighborhood. She resumed studying as well and made her sisters also join school. She delivered a boy. Between, running the family, bearing a child, delivering a child and taking care of them, she successfully cleared her 10th standard exam from a private institute.
She proudly says, “My son Yash will also go to grade 10 this year.” With a victorious smile she adds, “I want to graduate grade 12 before my son.”
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