Child Brides, Child Mothers


  It’s a tale of two siblings that plays out hundreds of thousands of times every year in rural India. While her older brother completes his education and is given the opportunity to find work, a poor village girl in her mid teens is married off to a much older man, ending all hopes of further education. Although her parents have her best interests in mind, their fear of her being sexually assaulted or becoming involved in a romantic relationship that would bring shame on the family leads them to feel that they have little choice. The girl becomes pregnant three times in quick succession (Extract).


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International Journal of Social Science and Interdisciplinary Research, Centre for Women's Studies, Pondicherry University

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