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An 18-year-old Indian woman has not only rebelled against her parents’ decision to choose a husband to marry her but has also set u p a movement against this custom.
Priyanka Bairwa was only 15 years old when her mother and father started looking for a husband for their daughter and last year they found her a young man.
However she did not want to go along with it and after an argument with her parents she threatened to run away. The parents feared she might do something drastic and gave up.
The girl did not stop here and set up the Rajasthan Rising movement to raise awareness among other girls about forced marriage.
This custom increased sharply in India during the pandemic and in the state of Rajasthan, which is where Bairwa lives, it is estimated that one in three girls between the ages of 22 and 24 are forced to marry by the time they turn 18 years old.
At first there were about ten others girls in the group in addition to Bairwa but now the group has risen to 1,200 and has become a movement.
She is insisting with the country’s authorities that girls should be allowed to be given help to study instead of being forced into marrying young.