The Persistent Problem of Child Marriage

Shimu, a 13-year-old Bangladeshi girl, is profiled in today’s Washington Post. She is the star of “Alo Amar Alo” (“Light My Light” in Bengali), a serial about a fifth grader who fights to continue her education while her family pressures her to either work in a factory or marry. Shimu herself is facing a similiar situation; her grandmother is pushing for a marriage because “If she were married, we wouldn’t have to worry about feeding her.”

A UNICEF fund has been set up for Shimu and her family, but unfortunately the article doesn’t link to information about it.

Here is some past coverage from Indian newspapers on this issue: Juvenile Injustice, Savita’s Story, A Shocking Absence of Outrage.


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