Daily Archives: February 9, 2017


The Story of a Child Bride – Beena

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“Daughters are considered a burden, and the sooner you get rid of the burden, the better. This mindset is the most important reason for child marriages in our communities – mine was no exception.” This is how Beena* starts her story. (*name changed to maintain confidentiality) “I was merely 14 years old when my parents decided to arrange my marriage. Luckily my husband is not too old – just 5 years my senior. He did not […]

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Irum’s Story: Education helped her avoid child marriage

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Hi… I am Irum, I am 14 years old, living in remote village named Dharyala Kahoon in district Chakwal (Punjab, Pakistan). We are three siblings – me and my two elder brothers. We were living happily – that is what I remember from my early childhood. I was too young to understand the tricky situation, but I remember everything changed with my father’s death. I was just three then. I didn’t know what death meant; […]

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