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Malda Girl Who Fought Against Child Marriage Is Forced To Stay At Home Because Of Constant Harassment

What a shame!

17/05/2017 2:50 PM IST | Updated 17/05/2017 2:52 PM IST
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She had been felicitated for her bravery for standing up against the evils of society, she had found support from her school and the administration, but now this teenager has been hounded into submission by locals in her area.

The Times of India reports that 13-year-old Beauty Khatun who has stopped a child marriage earlier this year in January in West Bengal's Malda and had become become the 'brand-ambassador' for the district's anti-child marriage campaign is now afraid to go to school because she is teased and harassed on her way by the locals.

The report suggests that while she had persevered earlier, the lack of support from her neighbours when she abused on her way to school and to tuition.

Child Welfare Committee chairperson Chaitali Ghosh told The Times Of India, "It is a shame for us that Beauty came to me crying, seeking protection, when we hold her as a model against child marriage. We shall never tolerate this and will visit her house. I'm also asking the police to take strict action against the accused."

Khatun has been felicitated by Mamata Banerjee for her bravery. She reads books of Nobel winner Malala Yousafza to gain inspiration.

While her mother says she never thought her daughter will face such harassment for the noble work she is doing, hopefully intervention from the Child Welfare Committee will change things around.

Read the entire story here.

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