Vanshika Gautam, a Class 8 student of Kasturba Gandhi Avasiya Vidyalaya will be felicitated by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for stopping a child marriage in her own family. The award is given by the UP government to girl students who work to promote education and are involved in other awareness activities.
According to the reports, the 13-year-old girl said, “Nearly a year ago, I had intervened when my paternal aunt was preparing to marry my 16-year-old cousin. It was only after I convinced her and my entire family that they cannot get her married before the age of 18, that they agreed to let her continue her education.”
Kumari Priyankar, officiating warden of Kasturba Gandhi Avasiya Vidyalaya, said, “Vanshika has been called to Lucknow on March 5 along with other girls from the state where they will be felicitated for their efforts. It is a matter of pride for the school that our student is going to be honoured at the state level.”