Morium Akter Nipa is the youngest of the two children of Ismail Biswas, a rickshaw puller and Roksana Begum, a maid servant. The poverty-ridden family used to live in Shariatpur. They all came to Dhaka in 2005 in search of betterment of their lives. Nipa used to study in a Primary School in Lalbagh, Dhaka. Although she had a great interest in education, her father decided to give her marriage due to the financial crisis. On one hand, everyone was forcing against Nipa’s will and secondly, she was not eighteen years old by then, the minimum legal age for marriage in Bangladesh. Helpless Nipa had no option but to get married to an immigrant labourer in Italy, Delowar Hossain, in 2018. Just a few days after marriage her husband and in-laws started torturing her mentally and physically for dowry. Two months later, Delowar left for Italy. Unable to bear affliction and mistreat from the inlaws, Nipa returned to her father’s place. She says, “I had to come back to my father because they created pressure on me for dowry. Moreover, my husband wants a divorce from me.” Nipa’s education had stopped since 2017. Returning to her family, she decided to continue her study and establish herself in a higher position. Her family yet did not encourage her. She tried to motivate her parents about the outcomes of education and that she wanted to bring about a change in her life. She got herself enrolled at Nazir Hossain Three Star UCEP School in Class VII. Besides being an attentive student, Nipa helps out weaker students in her class. Nipa dreams of working for women’s rights and the importance of education for females. She also urges national and international organizations to take bold initiatives to stop early marriage in Bangladesh. Nipa does not want another girl to undergo the devastation she had to bear.

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