I was 11 years old i got Painful Early Marriage

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I was 7 years old when one of my friends told me that she is getting married, Early Marriage . All of us were very excited when we thought of the wedding celebrations and dressing up.

Pakistani girl early marriage
Pakistani girl early marriage
At the time, we were too young to understand what was happening. For us, it was a doll wedding come to life. After she moved to her husband’s house, we used to visit to play with dolls. Her mother in law often scolded us and told us to stop coming; that our friend is married and grown up now. Being a kid, we couldn’t understand why she was saying this. After some time, they stopped her from meeting us at all. One day, we arranged a party for her at school so that she could come. She did come but was very pale and down. We saw wounds on her arms and asked her what happened. She started crying and told us that her husband beat her with an iron wire. We were in shock. We didn’t think this was even possible. The incident imprinted in my mind – my friend’s face haunted me for months. Then, when I turned 11, a proposal came for me. The man was a taxi driver. My grandmother told my father to say yes because it was a really good proposal. My father also seemed satisfied. I started crying. I couldn’t believe that my father, who always supported me for getting education, is now ready to get me married off at this age. I ran to my uncle in desperation and told him everything. He supported me and talked to my grandmother and my father, but they didn’t agree. That’s when my uncle told me about child marriage laws. I bravely told my father and grandmother that I will file a child marriage case against them if they got me married to that man. My uncle supported me and told my family that child marriage is a sin. It was only then that my family realised that what they are doing is wrong.

That one bold step changed my whole life. I decided that I will spread awareness regarding this cruel Early Marriage act. I went door to door to spread awareness about Early Marriage Disadvantages . Many people didn’t support me and labelled me coarse and bad of character. Still I didn’t give up. Now at the age of 14, I am running a campaign called ‘Girls United’ aimed at saving the lives of hundreds of girls and helping them get enrolled in schools. I am glad that my father is now supporting me in every step of my life. I have achieved many awards for my work but I believe that the biggest award will be when every girl my age is in school instead of getting married and being forced to be a wife.



According to UNICEF Report

Child marriages can be found across the globe, but are pervasive in parts of Africa and South Asia. The percentage of girls aged 15-19 in selected countries who are already married include:

Democratic Republic of Congo
74%

Niger
70%

Afghanistan
54%

Bangladesh
51%

Honduras
30%

Iraq
28%



Source UNICEF

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I was 7 years old when one of my friends told me that she is getting married, Early Marriage  . All of us were very excited when we thought of the wedding celebrations and dressing up.

Pakistani girl early marriagePakistani girl early marriage

At the time, we were too young to understand what was happening. For us, it was a doll wedding come to life. After she moved to her husband’s house, we used to visit to play with dolls. Her mother in law often scolded us and told us to stop coming; that our friend is married and grown up now. Being a kid, we couldn’t understand why she was saying this. After some time, they stopped her from meeting us at all. One day, we arranged a party for her at school so that she could come. She did come but was very pale and down. We saw wounds on her arms and asked her what happened. She started crying and told us that her husband beat her with an iron wire. We were in shock. We didn’t think this was even possible. The incident imprinted in my mind – my friend’s face haunted me for months. Then, when I turned 11, a proposal came for me. The man was a taxi driver. My grandmother told my father to say yes because it was a really good proposal. My father also seemed satisfied. I started crying. I couldn’t believe that my father, who always supported me for getting education, is now ready to get me married off at this age. I ran to my uncle in desperation and told him everything. He supported me and talked to my grandmother and my father, but they didn’t agree. That’s when my uncle told me about child marriage laws. I bravely told my father and grandmother that I will file a child marriage case against them if they got me married to that man. My uncle supported me and told my family that child marriage is a sin. It was only then that my family realised that what they are doing is wrong.

That one bold step changed my whole life. I decided that I will spread awareness regarding this cruel Early Marriage act. I went door to door to spread awareness about Early Marriage Disadvantages . Many people didn’t support me and labelled me coarse and bad of character. Still I didn’t give up. Now at the age of 14, I am running a campaign called ‘Girls United’ aimed at saving the lives of hundreds of girls and helping them get enrolled in schools. I am glad that my father is now supporting me in every step of my life. I have achieved many awards for my work but I believe that the biggest award will be when every girl my age is in school instead of getting married and being forced to be a wife.

 

According to UNICEF Report

Child marriages can be found across the globe, but are pervasive in parts of Africa and South Asia. The percentage of girls aged 15-19 in selected countries who are already married include:

Democratic Republic of Congo

74%

Niger

70%

Afghanistan

54%

Bangladesh

51%

Honduras

30%

Iraq

28%

 

Source UNICEF


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