The one that got away
Posted by Kalpana
“This brave teen took on her family to prevent her forced marriage.
Abandoned by her father some years ago, Akila and her mother had moved into her maternal grandmother’s house.
Child marriage, usually without the girl’s consent, is rampant in rural India. According to Unicef, 47 per cent of girls are married by 18 years, and 18 per cent are married by 15. Besides mandating 18 as the marriageable age for girls, the government has also introduced the free education scheme Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan to discourage child marriage…” read the rest of Aditi Bhaduri’s article at Child marriage.
This article is heartening because it shows how UNICEF helped in a very practical way. It also showed me the importance of giving village children telephone numbers and ways of contacting authorities should they need to do so. The only reason this spunky young woman escaped the fate of millions of other young Indian girls was because she had a way to get in touch with people who could help her.
- Child Marriage and Education
- Indian government finalizing action plan to curb child marriages
- UNICEF gives awards to girls resisting child marriages
- Police on ‘zero child marriage’ campaign
- Jaipur hosts maximum child marriages
- India urged to tackle child marriages
About KalpanaTrying to change the world one blog post at a time. I write. It's the best thing I can do. I am the Hanged Man, the Fool, the sometime Magician. Whether I travel in my imagination or in real life I write about it and show you pictures either through my photography or through the pictures I paint with my words. I read books and write fiction. During working hours I teach English as an Additional Language. I edit.
Posted on January 17, 2014, in bad marriage, communication, oppressive customs, strength and tagged Arranged marriage, child marriage, culture related bullshit, human rights, India, women's empowerment. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.