Rekha Kalindi is now 18, but her story will be shared for years to come. Born and brought up in Purilia, West Bengal, Rekha stood up against her family when they were all set to marry her off at the tender age of 11. She fought for her right to study further, and is proudly doing so today, against all odds. India’s own Malala today gives talks in educational institutions, has published her memoirs with Penguin, and is an inspiration for many. Back in 2008, Rekha was faced with the prospect of being married off when all she wanted to do was study further. Her older sister had also been married off at the age of 12 and had suffered four still births . Rekha wanted to study further, but was violently beaten, prevented from going to school, and deprived of food by her own family.
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