Sunday, April 25, 2010

Early Marriage and Childbirth in India

Amanpour (CNN): India: The Pressure to Have Children, by Sara Sidner:

India_flag Nineteen-year-old Kalawati Kumari stares at her 11-month-old baby boy filled with both love and regret.

She wishes her life could be different.

“I did not want to have children now. I want to study.”

Kumari didn’t want to get married either. But when she was 11, her parents arranged her marriage. In keeping with family tradition, she stayed at home until she reached puberty and then had to move in with the family of the village boy she was promised to.

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