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Rajasthan girl wages war against child marriage

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Posted: 12 May 2015 at 7:21pm | IP Logged
Rajasthan girl wages war against child marriage

Ajay Parmar | 2015-05-12 23:35:00 +0000

Santadevi, 19, with her father Padmaram.
JODHPUR: A brave Rajasthan teenager who rejected the marriage conducted by her parents when she was just 11 months old, and was slapped a penalty of Rs 16 lakh by a panchayat for standing up to her parents and patriarchy, is now set to move court for legal termination of her childhood marriage.

Santadevi Meghwal, 19, said she would file a petition on Wednesday in the family court for the annulment, a requirement because of an anomaly in the law. While child marriage is prohibited in the country, it is not void, and has to be dissolved, should either partner or both wish to dissolve it.

"I do not want to have anything to do with the child marriage," Meghwal told reporters. "I don't even remember I had a child marriage. Now that I know, I want it annulled. The community has boycotted my family and my so-called in-laws are threatening to forcibly take me away."

Meghwals live in Rohicha Khurd village in Luni tahsil, 70km from Jodhpur. They got Santadevi married even before her first birthday with a nine-year-old boy. Santadevi learned about her marriage when she turned 16, and has been protesting against it ever since.

"When I renounced this marriage, my so-called husband Sanwalaram started stalking me and threatening to take me away forcibly," Santadevi said. "At first, I was scared as my parents were not with me. But, the more pressure they put, the more determined I got to break free," she told TOI.



Santadevi now lives in Jodhpur and is pursuing her graduation at Jai Narayan Vyas University. "I am not in contact with those people. I want to study and become a teacher," she said.

Her father Padmaram, a mason, now sees reason, and is standing by his daughter. "The panchayat has threatened me to either send my daughter to her 'in-laws' or face penalty. I am ready to face the opposition of my community for the good of my daughter," he told TOI.

Kriti Bharti of Sarthi Trust, which is helping Santadevi's seeking annulment, said attempts to counsel Sanwalaram have failed. "We're going to move to court for annulment on Wednesday," Bharti said. The Women and Child Welfare department has sought details and offered Meghwals legal help.

Rajasthan health minister Rajendra Singh Rathore said the administration has been told to act against the panchayat. "We've asked officials to probe the matter and take harsh action against panchayat members if they're found guilty," said Rathore.

Home minister Gulab Chand Katariya pledged government's assistance if Meghwals file a police case.

Attempts to get a comment from Sanwalaram or his family members failed. Padmaram is preparing to file a complaint against the panchayat for harassment and abetment of child marriage.

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Posted: 12 May 2015 at 7:28pm | IP Logged
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I saw this news on one of the news channel's website  a couple of days ago.

Very brave of that girl to fight against the very society she is part of. It takes a lot to fight against one's own.

Hope they show something like this with Nandini too.

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Posted: 12 May 2015 at 7:36pm | IP Logged
Just like our Nimboli. But this girl is with her parents.
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Posted: 12 May 2015 at 8:18pm | IP Logged
When will Indian change their mentality about a girl? Why are they always in hurry to get their daughter married? This is so sad that these type of things happen even today.
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  Artee, 
              TFS.

 Saw this news in the morning on front page. 

 Glad that girl has courage to fight against the ppl she has to live with and has enough knowledge of law to fight for her right. 

Wish her success in her endeavors. Thumbs Up 

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BV might have been useful to make her aware about the law regarding annulment of  her marriage at right time after gaining adulthood. Smile

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Posted: 12 May 2015 at 11:44pm | IP Logged
We hear news of the girl annulling the child marriage
Or a girl even after being in her sasural for years then finally breaks out of that asural

When will we hear the news that parents refuse to get the girl married before the age 18


When news like that comes then BV has really achieved its goal If it is the goal still



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Posted: 13 May 2015 at 1:01am | IP Logged
Good article.
But how come this lady does not keep in touch with her ex husband and in laws. She should take inspiration from BV and manitain kachchi umar ke pakke rishte.
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Originally posted by leavesandwaves

Just like our Nimboli. But this girl is with her parents.
Girl's parents seem to have come on board much later. But any ways it is a good change.

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