Maheshwari

Maheshwari saved her sister from becoming a child bride.

Maheshwari saved her sister from becoming a child bride. She says SLA’s Indian partner VOICE 4 Girls helped her speak up. “I learnt from VOICE 4 Girls that child marriage is illegal. I also learnt about the problems of teenage pregnancy and didn’t want my sister to face them. I convinced my father to cancel my sister’s wedding. I also motivated my sister to continue her education.”

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More than one in three girls in rural Telangana (Maheshwari’s home) become child brides (National Family Health Survey-4). UNICEF reports that 1 in 3 of the world’s child brides are in India.