Andhra girl, who escaped clutches of early marriage, tops intermediate exam

G Nirmala is a student of the government-run Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV), and aspires to be an IPS officer.

BySouth First Desk

Published Apr 13, 2024 | 3:56 PMUpdatedApr 13, 2024 | 3:56 PM

Nirmala tops intermeddiate first year

A girl student, who narrowly escaped child marriage, has overcome all odds and topped the first-year intermediate board examination in Andhra Pradesh.

Board of Intermediate Secretary Sourab Gaur on Saturday, 13 April, said G Nirmala from Kurnool district secured 421 marks out of 440 to emerge as the topper.

Nirmala is a student of the government run Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV).

“From being forced into child marriage by her family and being rescued by district administration last year to topping the intermediate exams, she (Nirmala) has come a long way,” said an official statement.

Sharing the news on X, Ministry of Education, “Her aspiration to become an IPS officer showcases her dedication to social justice. Let’s celebrate her courage and wish her the best for her future pursuits!”

Nirmala aspires to become an IPS officer and work towards abolishing child marriages.

Also read: Faced with forced child marriage, 13-year-old reaches out for help

An inspiration

Appreciating the success of Nirmala, Andhra Pradesh Education Minister, Botcha Satyanarayana called the feat a testament to the progress of the Andhra Pradesh government.

Further reiterating Chief Minister Jagan’s belief that “Eradication of poverty begins with education,” Satyanarayana wrote on X, “The AP govt has not only focused on improving infrastructure in Govt schools but also on creating an environment that fosters inspiration for learning among children. We are proud to see the positive impact of the changes made over the past five years.”

IAS officer Hari Chandana too took to X, to congratulate Nirmala. Quoting Nelson Mandela, she wrote, “Inspiring to see the story of S Nirmala.”

According to a Lancet study from 2023, Andhra Pradesh topped in child marriages among the South Indian states.

The research indicated that more than one in four women in Andhra Pradesh got married before the age of 18.

Child marriages in India: AP has highest number of girls getting married before 18 in South India

(With PTI inputs)

(Edited by Sumavarsha Kandula)