An Indian woman who became a bride at the age of one has had her ‘marriage’ legally annulled in a ground-breaking legal case.
Laxmi Sargara, now 18, wed husband Rakesh when he was three, in the desert state of Rajasthan in northwestern India after their parents decided they should eventually start a family.
Although child marriages were officially outlawed in India in 1929, the practice is still common in many parts of the country, especially in poor rural communities.
Sargara only discovered she was married a few days ago when she was told she would be sent to live in her husband’s home this week.
She sought advice from a social worker who runs the children’s rights group Sarathi Trust
'I was unhappy about the marriage. I told my parents who did not agree with me, then I sought help. Now I am mentally relaxed and my family members are also with me.'
And this NEWS comes as a SILVER Lining on a DARK CLOUD of IGNORANCE.
Kudos to the People involved and More Power to Women’s Support Groups.