Bhopal: 17-Year-Old Seeks Annulment; Says She Was Forcibly Married

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

As per Times of India, in her plea, the minor alleged that her husband is an ill-treating drug addict. She moved back home to live with her mother and younger brother after suffering torture and domestic abuse at his hands. Presently, the girl works at a showroom to help at home and save up for her education.

The 17-year-old girl expressed her desire for being free from her forced marriage to pursue her studies. She told TOI, “I took the Class 10 exams this year and have passed with decent marks. I want to go for higher studies and get a nice job so that I can support my family.” Childline Bhopal has forwarded her case to the district Child Marriage Prevention Office and Child Welfare Committee (CWC).

Also Read: 13-Year-Old Who Stopped A Child Marriage In Her Family To Be Felicitated

What You Should Know: 

  •  A 17-year-old girl approached City Childline, Bhopal to get her child marriage annulled. 
  • The girl claims she was forcefully married to a man 20 years older than her, in exchange for ₹50,000. 
  • The girl wants to focus on her education now.
  • He alleged that her husband used to ill-treat her and is a drug addict.

Breaking Free From Child Marriages

. In March this year, the UP government felicitated Vanshika Gautam, a 13-year-old girl from Meerut, for successfully stopping her 16-year old cousin’s marriage.

Likewise, in June, a 14-year-old girl succeeded in foiling her brother-in-law’s plans to marry her off by alerting her neighbour in Koderma. Consequently, the neighbour informed Koderma Childline about it, who then rescued the minor girl.

Also Read: Priyanka Shares Hasina’s Story Of How She Fought Child Marriage

Last year, another minor girl, C R Kavyashri, averted her marriage in Sheelanere, Bihar. She contacted the Child Protection Committee members after her parents fixed her marriage. Kavyashri is currently studying IPUC at a government PUC college.

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Tarini Gandhiok is an intern with SheThePeople.TV