Bhopal: 17-year-old asks for cancellation; says she was forced to marry

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A 17-year-old girl recently contacted City Childline in Bhopal with an appeal to have her marriage annulled. The girl claims that she was forcibly married off to a man 20 years her senior two years ago, in exchange for ₹50,000.

According to India time, in her plea, the minor alleged that her husband was an abusive drug addict. She returned home to live with her mother and younger brother after suffering torture and domestic violence from her. Currently, the girl works in an exhibition hall to help around the house and save for her studies.

The 17-year-old expressed her desire to be released from her forced marriage to continue her education. She told TOI, “I sat for class 10 exams this year and passed with decent grades. I want to go to college and find a good job so I can support my family. Childline Bhopal forwarded her case to the Child Marriage Prevention Office and the District Child Protection Committee (CWC).

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What you should know:

  • A 17-year-old girl contacted City Childline, Bhopal to have her child marriage annulled.
  • The girl claims that she was forcibly married off to a man 20 years her senior, in return for ₹50,000.
  • The girl wants to focus on her education now.
  • He alleged that her husband abused her and was a drug addict.

Freedom from child marriage

. In March this year, the UP government congratulated Vanshika Gautam, a 13-year-old girl from Meerut, for successfully preventing the marriage of her 16-year-old cousin.

Similarly, in June, a 14 year old girl managed to foil her brother-in-law’s plans to marry her off by alerting his neighbor in Koderma. Therefore, the neighbor notified Koderma Childline, who then rescued the underage girl.

Also read: Priyanka shares Hasina’s story of how she fought child marriage

Last year, another underage girl, CR Kavyashri, avoided his marriage in Sheelanere, Bihar. She contacted the members of the Child Protection Committee after her parents arranged her marriage. Kavyashri is currently studying IPUC at a government PUC college.

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Tarini Gandhiok is an intern at SheThePeople.TV

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