53% of girls in the age group of 5 to 9 years are illiterate in India. Poverty, lack of infrastructure, gender bias and an abysmal stagnation towards the education of girls has snuffed out many a young dreams. For some young girls though, the spirit never dies.

Here are stories of four such girls who fought all odds to complete their education. They were determined to not let their circumstances hold them back from harbouring and attaining their dreams.