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School children take part in an awareness campaign against child marriage.(PTI photo)

(Article from Updated: Apr 29, 2017 )

Jharkhand: Child marriage averted as tribal girl escapes, seeks police help | ranchi | Hindustan Times

According to the Annual Health Survey 2012-13, Jharkhand ranks third after Rajasthan and Bihar as far as child marriages are concerned. As many as 51.8% girls are married off before they turn 18 every year.

This tribal girl’s resistance to a marital relationship being foisted on her has come as an inspiration to many other minors from rural Jharkhand, a state that has long suffered from the malady of child marriage.

Fourteen-year-old Durga (name changed) made a daring escape from her pre-wedding ceremony at Karamtoli in Jharkhand’s Gumla district, and ran to the nearest police station for help. Local law-enforcement officers and members of the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) immediately got her marriage with a middle-aged man cancelled.

“I told my parents that I want to study, but they paid no attention to me. I had no option but to escape and seek police help,” said Durga.

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