Living in Gudabanda in Jamshedpur district, a 13-year-old girl named Duli Hembrom has written a letter to her school principal to save her from getting ‘married’.
As reported by Hindustan Times, the parents of the girl have fixed her wedding on April 22. After she failed to convince her parents to not marry her, she wrote the letter.
This is a part of what she wrote in the letter:
“My parents have fixed my wedding on April 22. I do not want to get married.I took an oath at the time of admission that I will not get married before I turn 18. I do not wish to get married early.”
However, her father Lachhu Hembrom has refused to delay the marriage. He said that “child marriage was a common phenomenon in their society, as it was difficult to find a suitable match for a grown-up girl”.
According to recent data, around 51.8% girls in Jharkhand get married before they attain 18 years of age. Although child marriage is a criminal offence in India, prosecutions over it is rare.
One 13-year-old Indian girl is taking a stand against child. In deep admiration of Duli Hembrom’s courage..http://t.co/B2tfMBCCuJ
— Akinyi (@kikiochieng) April 22, 2015
It’s time we all together step up and help Dhuli have her dreams back!