16-year-old Boddupally Anusha was supposed to be married off to a distant relative on May 4.
Instead, the girl stands tall after scoring a GPA of 7.2 in the recently conducted Telangana Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations.
Anusha was rescued by activists from the Balala Hakkula Sangham (BHK), the Police and Childline officials just days ago, on April 29 from her home in Hyderabad.
Anusha's mother was a housemaid, and was finding it difficult to take care of her daughter.
Speaking to TNM, Achyuta Rao from the BHK said, "The girl's father passed away long ago, and the mother was finding it tough to take care of her. They had faked her Aadhar card, to pass off the marriage as a legal one."
"However, we checked her hall ticket and it said that she was born in 2000," he added.
Anusha was shifted to a girls home, where she is presently staying. Her mother and relatives were counselled after the incident.
Achyuta said that a Junior College had even offered her admission, impressed by her marks and story.
Anusha now wants to continue her studies, and become a doctor.
Just last month, a similar story emerged from the city, when two teenage girls from Hyderabad, who almost became victims of child marriage, topped their college examinations.
The two girls were rescued by an NGO in 2016, and scored over 90% marks in the Intermediate Examination conducted in the state.
K Sandhya, with 93% marks is the college topper, while V Sandhya came second with 92%.
The two childhood friends were earlier studying at St Josephâ€™s school in Turkayamjal, Hayathnagar and later enrolled in the same class at NRI Junior College in Vanasthalipuram after the rescue.