Tag Archive: Child Marriage

Sep 15 2013

An 8-year-old girl died after being brutally raped by her 40-year-old husband on her wedding night.

Yemeni girl died after wedding night. Yemen’s human rights minister wants child marriage outlawed after an 8-year-old girl reportedly died of internal injuries that she suffered on her wedding night. When reports emerged last week that a girl named Rawan, from the northern Yemeni town of Haradh, died a few days after being married off …

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Jul 24 2013

Salute to the brave girl!

11 year old Yemeni girl Nada Al Ahdal escaped arranged marriage. My grandmother was given in marriage when she was 9. My mother was forced to marry when she was 10. My grandmother could not escape her arranged marriage. My mother could not. Hundreds of thousands of girls who are victims of child marriage can …

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Oct 13 2012

Child marriage is child abuse


“Child marriage is a fundamental human rights violation and impacts all aspects of a girl’s life. We want to alert and raise awareness on the negative effects of child marriage on girls and the society as a whole.” – Anne Stenhammer, regional programme director of UN Women. “Child marriage is not a solution to protecting …

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Sep 06 2012

Happy Teachers Day, Papa!

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My father was a medical doctor. He was a rational man in a deeply religious society. He was born in a poor illiterate family. But he went to a school against his family’s wishes. He moved from his village to a city with a dream to become a doctor. He struggled a lot to make …

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Aug 05 2012

A bizarre barbaric system mixed with religion, misogyny, patriarchy practiced by millions


Khap is a powerful social institution. It exists in Jat Hindu community in some states of Northern India. Some elderly men set rules for everyone. You do not follow the rules, you get severe punishment. Khap does not allow people to marry in the same gotra or clan. It is believed that millions of people living in …

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