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IN People ON 25 Apr, 2016
In India, child marriage is a curse. In remote places like Rajasthan, the custom suggests a minor girl getting married and the relatives completely encourage this kind of practice. They are often married to men way older than them as well and they can't do anything about it.
The little girl is pulled out of school and gotten married at a very young age of probably 13 or 14. She has to then work for her husband and her family. She gives up on all her hopes and dreams and anything she possibly wanted from her life because that's her destiny now.
Most of these young girls are then subjected to physical or verbal abuse and since they're very young and uneducated, they can't take the right steps to defend themselves.
In the attempt to stand against the custom of child marriage, 47,000 suppliers of tents in Rajasthan refused to provide tents to anybody demanding tents for child marriage purposes.
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All the tent suppliers registered under the Rajasthan Tent Dealers Kiraya Vavshya Samiti are making it a point not to supply tents to ceremonies involving a child.
If any customer wishes to approach them for supplying of tents, they have made it mandatory to check for birth certificates of the bride and groom.
The festival of Akha Teej is coming up and that's when people in the remote villages of Rajasthan conduct marriage ceremonies involving minors.
Among all the marriages that happen in India every year, 76 million children are married between the age of 10 and 19. 76% out of them have been girls who are married.
Even then, this horrible custom stays put in the remote areas of Rajasthan, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.
This is a horrible custom and it tends to ruin lives of young girls.