Married at 6, Rajasthan's child bride 'freed' after 12 years

Married at 6, Rajasthan's child bride 'freed' after 12 years
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Jodhpur: A girl from Rajasthan's Pithawas village, who was married at the age of 6, was finally able to dissolve her 12-year-long marriage with the help of a NGO Saarthi Trust.

Now 18, Pintudevi, daughter of a labourer, was married to a youth from Saran Nagar. Their marriage was dissolved by a Family Court in Jodhpur on Tuesday.

The child bride's in-laws were allegedly involved in criminal activities. When Pintudevi demanded a divorce, they threatened her family with dire consequences and social boycott.

With the support of Kriti Bharti, Founder and Managing Trustee of non-government organisation Saarthi Trust, Jodhpur, Pintudevi filed a plea in June to annul her marriage.

Judge P K Jain, while giving a stern message to the society about the evils of child marriage, passed the orders to annul the marriage.

Pintudevi told IANS: "I am freed from the clutches of child marriage with the help of Kriti didi and now I will study to make my dreams come true."

Bharti said the best efforts are being made for better rehabilitation of Pintudevi after the annulment of her marriage.