Lucknow: 13-year-old Vanshika Gautam, hailing from Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut has become the talk of the town as she is now among the 20 girls from the state who will be felicitated by CM Yogi Adityanath in Lucknow on March 5, ahead of International Women’s Day. Also Read - India Banned Child Marriage, Sati, Then Why Can't we End Triple Talaq System? Wonders Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

A Class 8 student of Kasturba Gandhi Avasiya Vidyalaya in Kharkhauda area, Vanshika is being awarded for stopping a child marriage in her own family.

Talking about the incident, Vanshika 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.”

She is also a member of Meena Manch — girls’ activity group that aims at improving school enrolment and spreading awareness on various issues.

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.”

The award is given by the Uttar Pradesh government to girl students who work to promote education and are involved in other awareness activities.