An end to child marriage

An end to child marriage
When Reshmi turned 15 she found out that she was about to be married. Her parents had found a suitable suitor and set everything up. This had always been the custom in Dumka, the village in eastern India where they lived. Reshmi, however, had different ideas.

The year before, she had joined a children’s club organised by World Vision. There, she had learnt the importance of an education, and she had set her mind on becoming a nurse, a desperately-needed profession in her village. “But my parents, relatives and other villagers didn’t listen to me when I begged them to stop the marriage,” she says.

Going back to the children’s club, Reshmi found supporters for her cause. Together, through persistent pressure, they persuaded her parents to postpone the wedding until she had finished her studies. Now, Reshmi’s back in school again and her story has become the talk of the village.

Since it happened, no more children have been married in her village!