A family court has annulled the marriage of a 21-year-old woman, who married aged one and pushed for it to be consummated.
Refusing to give in to the pressure, she approached an NGO, after which they moved the family court.
Kirti Bharti, managing director of Saarthi Trust, said Rekha was married at the age of one to a boy from her village after her grandfather died.
“Her in-laws pressured her for ‘gauna’ (a ritual associated with the consummation of marriage) a few years ago. She was then preparing to become an ANM and did not want her dream to be shattered. So, she refused to accept this marriage,” Ms Bharti said.
Unwilling to give in, his in-laws organized a caste panchayat and threatened his family with a fine of Rs 10 lakh.
On Thursday, the president of the family court, Pradeep Kumar Modi, ordered the annulment of the marriage.
“For a century, the evil of child marriage has not been eradicated. Now everyone should together pledge to eradicate child marriage,” he said in his order.
Ecstatic after the court order, Rekha said it was a dream come true and added that her focus would now be on becoming an Auxiliary Nurse Midwife (ANM).
“Today is my birthday. I’m 21 today and this cancellation is a birthday present for me and my family,” she said as she thanked the trust.
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