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Once saved from child marriage, this 15 year old is saving many others from the same

It was never easy to change stereotypes, but this girl did not settle for anything less.

According to a report by the United nations,India comes second in the number of,child marriages.However,15 year old Priya Jangid, from Alwar is determined to remove this name from the list. She has made a considerable contribution to the field by spreading awareness about the evils of a child marriage.The story began when she was almost given for  marriage when she was still a child.She kept denying  to marry until only a few days were left. She told this to her friends and teachers, it was then that the  teachers informed the volunteers of Beti Bachao Andolan, an initiative by Nobel laureate Kailash Sathyarthi’s Organisation. One of the volunteers came to the rescue and informed her parents on the ill consequences of marrying off early as a child.

She now works to spread the message nationwide by conducting talks and sessions. As one would expect, her journey was not a smooth one.She had to fight everything and everyone all alone. Initially, people began questioning her but eventually they accepted her and believed her.It was after her trip to the United States of America that got her recognition and acclaim.She has had the privilege of  meeting eminent personalities like Barack and Michelle Obama.

The celebrity status has helped a lot in breaking off the norms of the patriarchal society and now I feel confident,says Priya. She is now the voice of countless women who are made to suffer in silence.The eyes that were once full of tears are again now full of dreams.She has successfully made other girls believe that they need not succumb to patriarchal pressures, but rather are free to access education, work and a happier life. Now that the courageous Priya has already taken her first step, we can sure hope that there would  be many other girls who would team up with her to imagine immensities together.

Anjila Qureshi | TOC

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