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Thursday, 5 August 2010

Abandoned Girl-Child: Left in cradle, girl rises above circumstances to study engineering

Left in cradle, girl rises above circumstances to study engg
Aug 6, 2010
CHENNAI: As the date of her engineering counselling neared last week, 18-year-old Akshaya was tense like any other teenager. "Seats in colleges I want to get into are getting filled," she told her mother, who kept reassuring her. This could be a scene at the house of any student awaiting admission, the only difference being that Akshaya's mother did not give birth to her.

Akshaya was among the first batch of 14 cradle babies handed over to SOS Children's Village in Tambaram in 1992. To prevent infanticide, the then Jayalalithaa government in Tamil Nadu had introduced the 'cradle baby scheme' to allow parents to deposit babies they didn't want to raise in cradles kept at designated places. Having got admission in the Annai Mathamma Engineering College, Namakkal, Akshaya will be the first cradle baby to enter a professional course.

Akshaya, who studied at the Sri Sankara Vidyalaya, Tambaram, wants to be a computer science engineer. "I know it's not going to be easy as all my life I have been living here. Campus life could be different, but I am determined to succeed," she says as she helps out her mother, Rajani, with the dishes at their little house 'Gokulam' inside the SOS Village.

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