Blog By Helma | 21-03-18
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In India, millions of girls are married off at an age when they should be going to school. Girls as young as 8, 9, and 10 years old, are married in various parts of the country.
While some families marry them under the pressure of poverty, others simply sell their girls to older, richer men in exchange for money. Therefore, in a world where everyone in one's child is married or is about to, no one really has the courage to walk up to their parents and say no.
14-year-old Roshni from Ahmedabad is the braveheart who not only fought to stop her own marriage but has now become a full-time advocate for young girls in escaping the same. So far, she has saved as many as 22 girls and is on a crusade to save more.
"I was told about the ill-effects of child marriage in meetings organised by a local NGO, Shiv Shiksha Samiti. I gathered courage and informed my teachers, the sarpanch and others about the plans of my family-members. They came to my house and convinced my grandparents against it,” said Roshni, a BA final year student at a private college in Peeplu, near the village.
When her angry uncle refused to fund her studies, people of her Bairwa community came forward to help her financially.
However, her rebellion against an age-old tradition also earned her many enemies.
She continued to guide the girls of her village and beyond and with the help of the NGO and her teacher, she has far stopped at least 15 child marriages.
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