Managing household chores and studying, at the same time, Rupa proved her determination again by scoring 84 per cent in Class 12 exam. The same year, she enrolled herself for a B.Sc course and also appeared for the AIPMT examination, securing 23000 AIR.
"Though I did not qualify for a good government medical college, the AIPMT marks encouraged my husband and brother-in-law to send me to Kota for preparing for MBBS entrance test," Rupa said.
Born into a poverty-ridden farmer's home in Kareri village of Jaipur district, Rupa, then a student of class III, and her elder sister Rukma, were wedded to Shankarlal, who was then 12, and his elder brother Babulal, respectively.
Her husband and brother-in-law, both farmers, also supported her all along, even driving an auto to meet the education expenses, disregarding villagers' disparaging remarks.
(With Inputs From PTI)
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