The Panel Discussion / Parents Orientation Program on Child Marriage being organised Prerna Girls School as part of the India’s Daughters Campaign started with Street play titled – Baal Vivah Ghulami Hai.
During the program, the parents of newly inducted 150 Prerna girls were being sensitized about the perils of Child Marriage after which they signed a pledge that states they will not marry their girls before the age of 18.
The panel discussion in child marriage began with two Prerna alums. One of the Prerna alum who was married off very young said that had she not been married she would have been educated and had a job like other Prerna Girls.
Another Prerna Girls, Nidhi shared how she shunned child marriage and pursued her education. She is now a special educator and is supporting her family.
Babita Singh, DySP, Women Powerline 1090 also spoke with the students and sensitized them about the perils of child marriage. Shae also said that after 18 forced marriage should also be stopped.
Rangoli Kashyap, a student of Prerna Girls School shared how one of her friends who was 13 years old was going to get married. She tried to stop it by talking to her parents but did not succeed. Then she informed the police and stopped her marriage. As a result, two people were also arrested on the day of the marriage.
Suraj, a student of Prerna Boys School shared how one of his brothers was subject to child marriage. His first child died also because of lack of care. He also shared how his brother is still having trouble making ends meet as he is uneducated.
Dr. Urvashi Sahni raised a potent question that does parents who are pro child marriage not love their children.
A parent also came forward to share that she was married at 13 years and now her husband is no more. She is struggling to raise her only girl and despises child marriage.
She also added that a girl should be able to choose her own life partner after the function the parents also signed a pledge against child marriage.