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How Indian Girls Are Winning Their Way Out of Arranged Marriages #fem2 #women

Rights for women in India are notoriously abysmal, and a lot of that starts with how Indian families force their young daughters into marrying strangers. While there is a law in the country forbidding Indian girls from marrying before the age of 18, it’s a fairly nominal rule considering that nearly half of all girls in the country are wed before 18 anyway. Finally, however, some of these girls are starting to escape these marriages and regain their autonomy in Indian courts. Though urban areas have mainly eradicated underage weddings, the custom still flourishes in rural areas and remote villages. At this point, basically all Indians are well aware that these marriages are illegal, but that hasn’t stopped them from continuing with this practice. Many communities resent that Indian politicians have tried to impede on centuries-old traditions and continue to arrange underag...

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