Republished from MyRepublica.com. Story by Ritesh Tripathi.
Teachers express worry about the dropout rates of the girls, who are married off at 10-years-old or under. These girls are at the mercy of their in-laws, stripped of all their freedom and rights, the young girls get accustomed to a life in the shadows.
“However, this long held tradition is losing its grip over Madhesi society, and there have been signs of change,” states Akshchhaya Chaudhari, principal at Nepal Rastriya Higher Secondary School at Dumarwana village in Bara district.
“The movement against child marriage is sweeping through the villages in Tarai. The messages carried by songs, public speeches and drama have directly hit the heart and minds of the people forcing them to look at the issue differently,” he said. Continue reading…