Changing times


Jan 15, 2019-

Sumita Sadaya Musahar of Mohanpur Kamalpur in Siraha was also married off at the age of 16. On April 20, 2017, Sumita was married to Jiten Sadaya Musahar of Malahanawa, while she was only in grade 8.

Her parents then sent her to Malahanawa (her in-laws’ house) where she was subjected to a life of struggle. “I had to endure torture,” said Sumita, adding that she worked as a daily wage worker night and day at her in-laws house.

Relief came to her only in the form of the campaign. “After I got involved in the campaign, I came to know about the physical and mental effects of child marriage,” said Sumita. “Now, I am engaged in anti-child marriage campaign in my own Musahar community.”

With the help of the group, Sumita is now admitted to grade 9 at a local school, meaning she can finally continue her education. These days, she is also getting involved in various other trainings.

“I have become a lot more self-aware and courageous after being involved in this campaign,” said Sumita, informing that she and her husband have planned not to conceive a baby until they turn 20 years old. Sumita’s husband Jiten too is also involved in the campaign. Jiten says, “We got married without knowing anything. Today, we are more well-informed. We have decided not to give birth to a baby until we reach 20.”

Another group, the Dalit Janakalyan Yuba Club, is also providing training related to legal awareness to the girls and helping them in their anti-child marriage campaign. (PR)

Published: 15-01-2019 08:01

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