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Renu with Sampat Pal Devi. Renu was married off by her parents in the unripe age of 12 with a handicapped man - Renu never had much chance of a normal life. So, she decided to give herself a second chance and ran away with a high caste Brahmin boy but then was packed off to her parents by the police when they were detected under age while wanting to get married in a marriage registry office. While the boy was exempted from the social ire and humiliation, the gender biased social order came crushing over her, ignoring her tender age. Her parents decided on disowning her in fear of being boycotted by the villagers. Her dreams crushed, social reputation damaged and parents' back turned on her - she found it unbearable to live. She wanted to kill herself by throwing herself over to a running train. But someone spotted her and took her to the Gulabi Gang centre where she was initially counseled as her mental condition was unstable. Then Sampat pal Devi, the leader of the gang extensively talked to her parents and the Gram Panchayat (a body of village authorities democratically elected by the villagers) and finally convinced them to accept her again. Still, Renu could not return to her village, Asother, in Fatehpur for next three months and stayed in the Atarra office of the gang with other members. Here she made use of her free time studying. Then finally, her maternal grand parents living in Rara Chandpur village - some 70 kilometers off Fatehpur, had agreed to give refuge to her. To this day, she continues to live there and is pursuing her studies. Uttar Padesh, India. Arindam Mukherjee
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Renu with Sampat Pal Devi. Renu was married off by her parents in the unripe age of 12 with a handicapped man - Renu never had much chance of a normal life. So, she decided to give herself a second chance and ran away with a high caste Brahmin boy but then was packed off to her parents by the police when they were detected under age while wanting to get married in a marriage registry office. While the boy was exempted from the social ire and humiliation, the gender biased social order came...
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