12 Aug '11, 11am

India schoolgirl defies tradition to reject child marriage 15-year-old Sapna Meena joined a small but growing number of

India schoolgirl defies tradition to reject child marriage 15-year-old Sapna Meena joined a small but growing number of

BHILWARA, India - Her fate looked sealed when her family began organising the nuptial celebrations. But the bride-to-be, a shy schoolgirl from a remote village in western India, wasn't ready to say "I do". In a region where patriarchy and age-old customs dictate a woman's life from birth to death, 15-year-old Sapna Meena in April joined a small but growing number of girls who are standing up against the widespread practice of child marriage in India. "My family was in the midst of planning my wedding,"recalled Sapna, her black hair pinned in a bun and a gold stud in her nose, as she sat on a step outside her home in Badakakahera village in Rajasthan state. "My grandfather had decided that while he was alive he wanted to see that I get married and settled. I was scared to say anything against it at first. "I went to my mother and told her I wanted to study more and get a jo...

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