Jodhpur, Nov 24: A Jodhpur family court on Thursday annulled marriage of a 17-year-old girl who was married off at the age of 3 in 2003. The Jodhpur court ordered the marriage on mutual consent of both the families.
In June 2017, Pushpa (name changed) had got in touch with the Saarthi Trust and had moved an application in the Jodhpur family court requesting the annulment of her marriage. Saarthi Trust works for the establishment of Child Rights, Women Rights, Child Marriage Annulment, Child Protection and Women Protection.
The managing trustee, Kriti Bhati, of the Saarthi Trust, spoke with Pushpa and then contacted her in-laws and husband. “After initial non-cooperation, they agreed to sever this illegal marriage and it was annulled in the court on Thursday,” she said, reported TOI.
Pushpa, who was then 3-year-old, was married off to an 11-year-old boy under pressure from their community. When the girl’s father died, her in-laws and the community’s chief started putting pressure on her mother to send her to her husband’s house. In fact, the girl’s parents had discontinued her studies following pressure from her in-laws.
The trust has got her enrolled in the secondary examination. Bharti said that the boy is now 25-year-old and has a job in a private school. He agreed to annul the marriage after the trust explained that the marriage is illegal. “He was also made to understand the other complications arising from this marriage,” Bharti added.