Married at 10, she’s a free woman now at 19
At the age of 10, Alwar’s Pinki Kanwar was married to Himmat Singh of Rajasthan’s Dausa. At 19, she has succeeded in getting her child marriage annulled with the help of an NGOjaipur Updated: Feb 07, 2018 21:37 IST
At the age of 10, Alwar’s Pinki Kanwar was married to Himmat Singh of Rajasthan’s Dausa. At 19, she has succeeded in getting her child marriage annulled with the help of an NGO.
As a child bride, she lived her life in terror and underwent mental torture. People of her community pressurised her mother, who is a single parent, to get Pinki married at a young age.
After the wedding, Pinki’s ‘gauna’ was not performed as she was a child, but later her in-laws started pressurising for gauna. Her husband and in-laws frequently visited per home and even tried to kidnap Pinki and take her to their place. For nine years, Pinki and her mother, Meena Devi, lived in terror.
Meanwhile, Meena Devi got information about a child marriage annulment campaign by Dr Kriti Bharti of Saarthi Trust in Jodhpur. They went and met Dr Bharti.
After this, Pinki’s in-laws to her house and tried to kidnap her, but her neighbours saved her. Meena Devi and Pinki narrated their ordeal to Dr Bharti.
Bharati called Pinki to Jodhpur and provided her protection and made her prepare for PTET exams. She cleared it and got admission in a college in Jodhpur. At present, Pinki is studying B.Ed in Jodhpur.
In June, Kanwar with the help of Dr Bharti, the rehabilitation psychologist and managing trustee of Saarthi Trust filed a petition in the Family Court-1 of Jodhpur to annul Pinki’s child marriage.
Dr Bharti appeared for Pinki and presented documents relating to her age and forceful child marriage. She also informed the court about the physical disability of her husband and his incurable disease.
Judge Rekha Bhargava of the family court-1 of Jodhpur issued an order to annul Pinki’s child marriage on Wednesday, which took place 10 years ago.
As the verdict was pronounced tears rolled down Pinki’s cheeks and she and her mother hugged Dr Bharti.
“I suffered for a decade and lived my life in fear. With Kriti didi’s help my child marriage is over and now I will study and become a teacher,” said Pinki.
Dr Bharti said, “Efforts are being made for Pinki’s rehabilitation.”
Dr Bharti is associated with a unique movement and got a child marriage annulled for the first time in India and then after in 2015 she got two more child marriages annulled in three days of court proceedings and created a history. For that, she found a place in the World Records of India and also in Limca Book of World Records.
Saarthi Trust has got 35 child marriages annulled in India and also prevented thousands of child marriages.