Rukhmabi Raut: A women ahead of her timesToday's Google doodle features Rukhmabi Raut (22-11-1864 to 25-09-1955). She was the second Indian to receive a degree and start her medical practice. Raising funds, she reached England in 1889 for her medical studies.
However, before that, her personal life played an important role in passing 'Age of Consent Act' in 1891 that made child marriages illegal in British India. She was married off as a child but she stayed back with her own family, instead of joining her husband. Despite courts affirming ber marriage, she had the courage to write to Queen Victoria personally about the plight of girls in child marriages. Queen Victoria overruled the court's decision and dissolved Rukhmabi's marriage.
Our tribute to this lady who had the courage to take on the society and write to the Queen that helped to put a stop to child marriages.