A 14-year-old girl from Kolkata exhibited exemplary courage by seeking help from police authorities to stop her own marriage. According to TOI, the girl wants to finish her studies and join the police force as an IPS officer.
The girl comes from a poor family. Her father is a factory labourer and her mother a part-time tailor. She has eight other siblings. One of her brothers helped her prevent the marriage that was scheduled to take place on January 25.
How she averted it
She walked into the Tangra police station, located in eastern suburban Kolkata around 2 pm on Tuesday (Jan 16) and narrated her ordeal.
A senior official assured the girl of all support. They are planning to rope in some counsellors who would counsel the parents.
The girl was aware of the fact that child marriage is a crime. Talking to TOI, she said, “I not wish to study now. I dream of one day joining the IPS cadre. But my father has been insisting that I marry. He even told me that the family’s prestige will be at stake if I back out now. I then visited my brother and he consulted some of his friends in the neighbourhood and they all helped me in taking a stand.”
The girl’s brother told TOI, “I am here to seek some help for my sister. My parents want to marry her off. I understand the reasons for that. But then my sister has certain aspirations. I am ready to take care of her so that she can pursue her dreams. I am worried that for all this, I will need support from society.”