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The Girl Who Decided To Break Free

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S. Jeyaprabha is a regular 19 year- old- girl, belonging to the state of Tamil Nadu in India. Behind her warm smile, lies an extraordinary tale of determination and courage, exhibited by few of her age.

At the tender age of 14, right after completing her eighth standard, Jeyaprabha was married off to her only maternal uncle, as per a prevailing community practice of South India. Soon, her husband's drinking habits took a serious toll on their relationship and she decided to leave him. She broke up with him at the age of 16 and decided to continue with her studies and enrolled herself in a nearby government school. There she not only went on to complete her Plus Two examinations, but also emerged as the topper of her school.

A year back, things were different and seemed bleak.The head of her government school had decided to bar married girls from continuing their studies, as they set a wrong precedent to other students. Fortunately things changed after a leading Daily- The Hindu, intervened and reported about this matter in their newspaper. Due to the pressure,the authorities relented and allowed Jeyaprabha to continue in the school.

Even after losing two years of studies, Jeyaprabha did not lose hope. She still harbors the dream of pursuing medicine in the future and wishes to work hard to attain her goal.

Daughter of a Backward Class:

Jeyaprabha's father belongs to a backward class and works as a cycle mechanic. With his meager income, she is not sure whether the backward class quota at government medical college would earn her a free seat. Her maternal grandparents refuse to part with her jewellery given to her during her marriage. But she is resolute in fighting for her education and is currently concentrating on finding a benefactor who will help her in furthering her dreams.

Jeyaprabha's journey so far is nothing short of an inspiration for many. There are millions of girls in India, who are still waiting to break free from the shackles of familial and societal pressure, to continue with their studies.The strength needed to break free is in all of us. It lies somewhere inside us, in our hearts. In today's society, we need more girls like her who accentuate the determination and courage of an ever changing role of a woman. We need more girls and women, who refuse to be meek and who settle for nothing but the best. The journey will only start, bit by bit, one step at a time and will gradually take us in finding our true self.

The picture attached is of S. Jeyaprabha. Photo credits : G.Moorthy

This story was written for World Pulse’s Girls Transform the World Digital Action Campaign.

World Pulse believes that women's stories, recommendations, and collective rising leadership can—and will—bring girls greater access to education which will transform their lives, their families, and communities. The Girls Transform Campaign elicits insightful content from young women on the ground, strengthens their confidence as women, and ensures that influencers and powerful institutions hear their stories.
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Sifa Immacule Zagabe's picture

BONJOUR

Juste vous remercie pour votre journal,ils est riche prend courage merci

Immaculee

Mukut's picture

Hello from India

Hello new friend ! Good to connect with you.

Lots of love and hugs for you :)

Mukut Ray

Mauwa Brigitte's picture

réponse

courage pour aller de l'avant. Leve-toi et continue tu as la force femme.
mon adrese e-mail : kufismauwa@yahoo.fr

Brigitte

Mauwa Brigitte's picture

REPONSE

Salut,
Ne vous limitté pas à nous remercié mais participons ensemble a bien vouloir dénoncé le mal.

Brigitte

Mukut's picture

Hello Brigette

How are you doing my friend? thank you for your response.

lots of love n hugs

Mukut Ray

Sutanuka Banerjee's picture

Keep up the spirit

Try and try until we succeed. Hope she and all girls everywhere gather guts to fight back and then we will see a new society.

inspiring post

love

Sutanuka

I live in my convoluted mind....

Mukut's picture

Indeed

Yes friend, her story is inspiring and motivates us to uflift and fight. Breaking free from outdated societal norms is the need of the hour, especially for young girls in India.

Thank you for stopping by and for your feedback.

love n hugs

Mukut Ray

Tina Young's picture

Courage Girl

That is what many girls have been suffering, some silently. Thank God she is outspoken.

Mukut's picture

Yes!!

Tina, it is time for us to break free.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

much love and hugs

Mukut Ray

Sangita Thapa's picture

Courageous!

Thank you Mukut for sharing this tale of courage and determination. We have so much to learn from this young girl. What a brave heart and what a strong determination this girl has to pursue her studies despite such adversities! I commend her indomitable spirit and hope that she would be able to realize her dreams. God bless her!

Mukut's picture

My dear Sangita

Thank you for writing in. I am sure there are scores of courageous girls in Nepal and India, who are in similar situations or maybe worse. We all can take a leaf out of her life and be inspired to break free.

As always, your feedback is appreciated.

Much love n hugs

Mukut Ray

pelamutunzi's picture

lovely

i hope to hear more stories from girls like her. she is my shero for this week. thanks for sharing

we may be powerless to stop an injustice but let there never be a time we fail to protest.
regards
pela

Mukut's picture

She is a Shero !

So good to hear from you. Thank you for reading my post. She is an inspiration to many.

love n hugs

Mukut Ray

Namasomo Clémentine Kiyobe's picture

courage

salut,
courage dans votre journal on vas discute sur les femmes

CLEMENTINE

Mukut's picture

Hello Clementine

Thank you for your response dear.

Lots of love,

Mukut Ray

courtneyo's picture

Courage!

Mukut, thank you for sharing S. Jeyaprabha's story. Incredibly brave, and determined. I am confident her spirit will continue to lead the way to a life outside of adversity.

She is an inspiration.

Warmly,

Courtney

Mukut's picture

Thank you Courtney

Thank you so much for your comments. She is indeed an inspiration and her courage should be emulated.

Lots of love and hugs,

Mukut Ray

courtneyo's picture

Courage!

Mukut, thank you for sharing S. Jeyaprabha's story. Incredibly brave, and determined. I am confident her spirit will continue to lead the way to a life outside of adversity.

She is an inspiration.

Warmly,

Courtney

kimmlarson's picture

Uplifting & inspiring

Thank you for this inspiring story. I loved your quote, "The strength needed to break free is in all of us. It lies somewhere inside us, in our hearts." That so true, and uplifting.

We all possess the ability and strength. It takes finding it; and hopefully with people sharing stories like Jeyaprabha's journey, others can find their strength!

Kim

Mukut's picture

Yes Kim

Yes Kim, finding that strength in us may take some time, but once its power is unleashed, there is no stopping us.

Thank you for stopping by and reading my post.

Lots of love,

Mukut Ray

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