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An 11-year-old girl has decided to start a movement against child marriages after her parents told her she will soon be married off. She enlisted other girls and teachers to raise awareness and protest child marriages.
Rekha Kalinda, 11, from Bararola, India decided to do something about child marriages once she heard her parents say she will soon b
e married off. She promptly said no. Rekha told The Christian Science Monitor:
"I was very angry...I told my father very clearly that this is my age of studying in school, and I didn't want to marry."
But her parents refused to change their minds until Rekha decided to enlist support from her teachers and government officials. Soon, her parents began to listen to officials' warnings about the dangers of child marriages.
Rekha didn't stop then; she and other girls in her village talked to other parents and thanks to her efforts, there have been no child marriages in the surrounding villages.
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