“I helped stop a child marriage. I had learnt from the VOICE 4 Girls camps that child marriage is illegal.”
Apurna is a high school student from a deprived family who lives and studies at a residential social welfare school. She completed the VOICE 4 Girls camps and became a ‘Sakhi’ peer leader at her school. She teaches other students, as well as the people in her community, what she learnt at the VOICE camps. She explains how these camps had a very direct impact on her family.
“My father had told my sister, who was 16 years old, that she was to be married soon. I had learnt from the VOICE 4 Girls camps that child marriage is illegal in India. I also learnt about the consequences of teenage pregnancy and didn’t want my sister to face those problems. So I negotiated with my father and convinced him to cancel the wedding. My sister is now continuing her education. I am very happy that I could take this action!”
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