Divya Kran was sent to the wrestling pit in her neighborhood as punishment for her truancy.
But to her parents’ surprise, she got involved in sports and drew attention to her strength and quick reflexes.
Soon she was hitting the boys – an achievement that made her very popular in domestic competitions in India.
She says her decision to pursue wrestling did not go well with her conservative relatives or her community.
But her family has always supported her – and she says she wants to make them proud by making a name for herself in international wrestling.
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Reporter: Vandana Vijay
Editor: Prem Boominathan