The crusade against child marriage by a handful of minor girls in Jharkhand has given hope to many who are forced into marriage at an early age. It won’t be an exaggeration to say that these young crusaders are living up to the theme of the International Day of the Girl Child 2015 – The power of adolescent girl: Vision 2030 – set to be observed worldwide on Sunday.
Societal pressure often forces parents to marry off their minor girls in this Hindi heartland. This year, however, marked a watershed in the history of the state with several school going girls mustering the courage to fight against this social evil.
In January, five Class VIII students of Rajkiya Bunyadi Government School in Mesra prevented the marriage of Pratigya (name changed), a Class II student of their school.