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Changing the interpretation of laws that have failed to keep up with evolution of society.
Kurdish wedding dress, Van, Turkey.
Synergetic and multi-pronged approach is crucial to prevent child marriage.
Mona* and her sister managed to get out of China, but their troubles aren't over back home in Cambodia.
Gülmay Gümüşhan is fighting to end child marriage in Turkey, one business at a time.
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KAMPONG CHAM, Cambodia ― Sixteen-year-old Mona* sits on the floor of her family's one-room wooden hut, cradling her plump 3-month-old daughter. As light pours in through the cracks of a shuttered wind...
She said the news was 'deeply disturbing'.
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By Abdul Gani*, Darrang, Assam Rulima Khatun of Dalgaon in Assam's Darrang district, one of the most backward areas in the state, is 17 years old. She is better off than many of her friends in the nei...
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By Mohammad Imran Khan*, West Champaran, Bihar In two unique initiatives, two separate groups of girls are fighting against rampant child marriage in rural Bihar by forming Sukanya Clubs at the pancha...
Groups of girls are banding together to banish a long-held tradition.
So far, they’ve stopped 68 such marriages and are changing mindsets too.
Grassroots interventions are planting the seeds of change in tribal-dominated areas.
The practice prevents girls as well as boys from reaching their full potential.
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Shivali village in Palghar district passed a resolution against the practice.
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'To give justice to their women'
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NEW DELHI -- The Congress Party on Thursday cornered the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi over reports that the son of Jharkhand BJP chief Tala Marandi has married a minor...
In a move to curb the rampant incidents of child marriages in Rajasthan, the tent suppliers in the state have decided not to supply wedding canopies and other paraphernalia to any unions involving min...
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A six-year-old girl and a minor boy were allegedly married off by their families in Rajasthan's Chittorgarh, as part of a mass wedding organised in the state. Child marriage is illegal in India under...
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KOLKATA -- An early marriage at a tender age of 14 had forced Santana Murmu out of school when she was in class VIII. A mother of two daughters now, the poor tribal girl from West Bengal has fought ba...
In a major setback for child rights in Pakistan this month, a bill to ban underage marriage -- the Child Marriage Restraint (Amendment) Bill 2014 -- was withdrawn at the last minute because of the pressure from the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII). Sadly, it looks like the law will not be protecting children in Pakistan any time soon, but this is not the only country in South Asia in which this dubious "tradition" continues to be perpetuated.
Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 (amended) states that a man is said to have committed rape, if he does any of the intrusive sexual acts as enlisted in Section 375, with a girl below 18 years of age, with or without her consent. However, Exception 2 of the same Section provides that sexual intercourse by a man with his own wife, the wife not being under fifteen years of age, is not rape!
Late in the evening of June 7, a local NGO in Maharashtra received an intriguing text message -- a cry for help. The sender of the message was a 16-year-old girl who contacted the NGO that runs care c...
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JODHPUR — A girl here has decided to annul her marriage which was solemnised in her infancy, prompting a kangaroo court to slap a hefty fine of Rs 16 lakh reportedly on her and ostracise her family fr...
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The Supreme Court of India recently dismissed a plea by a woman to declare marital rape a criminal offence. The petitioner alleged that she was repeatedly subjected to sexual violence by her husband, including having torch lights pushed into her. Sadly, she has no legal recourse: according to Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code, sexual intercourse by a man with his wife, the wife not being under 15 years of age, is not sexual assault, even if it is without consent.
There is a host of different forms of non-consensual and brutal forms of sexual violence on girls and women, within Indian society, that the legal and criminal systems don't care to deal with, or even regard as rape.