‘I don’t want to get married:’ Letter from Indian child bride to teacher
13-year-old Indian child bride writes a letter begging for teacher's help to stop her upcoming wedding
In a plea to her teacher, a 13-year-old Indian child bride has written a letter begging for help to stop her upcoming wedding.
'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,' Duli Hembrom wrote to the principal of Milan Mithi Uchha Vidyalaya after failing to convince her parents to call off the wedding, due to take place this week, according to the India Times.
She also said she wants the principal to help stop the arranged marriage in “whichever way possible.”
The girl’s father told the Hindustan Times that it was tricky to find a suitable match for a grown-up girl.
He added that child marriage was a common phenomenon in their society.
India has the second highest number of child marriages, according to a United Nations report.
According to the Child Marriage Restraint Act, passed in India during British rule in 1929, a girl must be 18 and a boy 21 before they can wed.
But more than half of Indian girls are married before reaching 18, the UK’s Daily Mail reported, citing Indian records.