Child Marriage

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This ‘Disposable’ Girl Became The Most Educated Person in Her Village.

 

Seen as disposable in their own homes, the destiny of girls in poor rural villages like Schti in northern India is to marry early and move out to live with another family, continuing the cycle of girls’ illiteracy — and poverty — for the next generation.

“My brothers had gone to school, but I thought I’d never experience it,” Pinki recalls. “It was out of the question.”

This ‘burden’ said no to child marriage, and demanded an education instead.

 

It was all arranged, even the dowry.

After she completed her primary education, Lutfa, now 17, had to drop out of school to help her family with the housework. And yet, they still saw her as a burden -- just another mouth to feed, a girl who couldn’t bring value to the family.

“I was broken inside, as my dream to educate myself remained unfulfilled, and on top of that, I started to doubt my abilities to change my life.”

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When I left for Lalwi village, in Bahraich, to meet the girls of Ekta adolescent group, little did I know that I was about to discover a gold mine of inspirational stories. The group is one of the many that are part of Join My Village’s Girls’ Leadership Program.

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