Child marriage is illegal in India. It is seldom prosecuted. According to UNICEF, as of 2013, India accounted for one-third of all child brides world-wide.
Duli Hembrom is a 13 year old Indian girl, whose family set her wedding for the end of April (legal age for marriage of women in India is 18). She refused! In a letter she pleaded with her school to stop the wedding. Media covered the story, but...
Her father said the wedding would go on, indicating it might be harder to find a "suitable" husband for a "grown girl". What is suitable about a man who would take a 13 year old and, more odiously, do so against her expressed will?!
WHAT HAPPENED TO Duli Hembrom? WHERE IS SHE? A plea for help was not only made, but made IN WRITING! Interviews were given, government was on notice that a crime was about to be committed.
Is Duli fated to die young in childbirth, her underdeveloped body unable to sustain pregnancies, or to spend her youth trapped with a man she does not want? We say NO!