child marriage stopped by rationalists

Right after the Annual Conference held at Kolkata, our Bankura branch has jumped into action. A tribal girl, Putul Tudu aged 12 years was being given in marriage against her will. It is not only illegal in India, but unethical and inhuman. Our secretary Biplab Das from Bankura visited the remote village Housibad amidst the jungles of Taldangra with another member Tarun Rakshit on 9th March and stopped the wedding. He informed the police and got the attention of the administration and saved the girl. It is not common among tribals to marry so young. And normally tribal youths choose their own partners with each other’s consent. This was an exceptional case, probably urged by extreme poverty.

With in two days, on 10 th march 2010, Biplab Das and his friends got the girl admitted to local Taldangra Girls’ School and also managed to get hostel accomodation. A hostel in the name of Kasturba Gandhi offers residence to local girl students at a nominal cost.

This incident will act as a precedence and deter other such stray incidents in the poor tribal zone. The village panchyat will also be able to take similar steps whenever necessary.

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Comment by BIPLAB DAS on March 17, 2010 at 1:28pm
the girl is now in hostel.she is starting her study again. she can stay in this hostel up to 16 year. her education will give her the freedom and fighting spirit.
Comment by Little Name Atheist on March 16, 2010 at 9:01pm
This is such good news! Thanks for posting this.

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