POSTED April 26, 2019
A woman opens up about her life as a child bride
CCFC and partners are making progress in India on ending a harmful global practice
Pooja (not her real name) was 13 when her parents took her out of school and made her marry.
On her wedding night, Pooja’s husband beat her repeatedly for spurning his advances. The next day, Pooja escaped to her parents’ home; they sent her back to her husband. That was just the beginning.
“Why are girls treated as inferior to boys?,” she asks, as she tells her story in the video below. “Many feel sad for having a girl child. Some hate a girl child. Is it wrong to be born a girl?”
Twelve-million girls around the world are forcibly married every year, reports UNICEF. Child brides live in every region of the world, from the Middle East to Latin America, South Asia to Europe. In India, where Pooja lives, 27 percent of girls marry before they’re 18, as reported by Girls Not Brides.
When a girl is forced to marry, she loses her chance at an education, has little or no prospects to earn a living or make decisions in the home and is at high risk of developing reproductive health problems and being a victim of violence.
Watch this video to see Pooja’s story and hear how Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) is working with partners and communities in South India to end child marriage.
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