Growing up in Sulthanbatheri, Wayanad, and belonging to ‘Kattunayakan’ tribe, a Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group (PVTG), Radhika’s journey has been one of perseverance and determination. While ‘Kattunayakan’ literally translates into ‘Kings of the Forest’, the community is increasingly finding it difficult to protect its interests. Radhika is set to change the paradigm as she beats all odds to crack CLAT 2020.
Radhika KK is the eldest daughter in the family, with three younger siblings. Her mother earns her livelihood by working in the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee program. Her father is a coolie. The distressing economic situation has prevented the family from availing even the basic amenities, like an electricity connection. Despite all the challenges, she completed her higher secondary schooling from Rajiv Gandhi MRS, Noolpuzha with 77% marks.
IDIA reached out to her via the District Legal Services Authority (DLSA), Wayanad. The DLSA had organised three-month training for the tribal students for writing CLAT. The IDIA Kerala chapter collaborated with DLSA by providing online classes and study materials to the students. Radhika consistently put in her best efforts and has now secured a seat at NUALS Kochi.
Radhika’s success also epitomises IDIA’s mission, as we work continuously to empower such marginalised groups from within to advocate their own causes and enable their engagement with mainstream India.