Legistify's Action Against Child Marriage
By Team Legistify / 2017-03-05
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This is a story about Suneeta (Name changed), a girl of mere sixteen years. So many of us were fussing over our school exams when we were sixteen, but children like Suneeta never get a chance to even study. Suneeta is an orphan, raised by her relatives. After losing one’s parents it is very hard for a child of 4 years to cope without the parents. The familiarity of her mother’s touch and her father’s baritone were all now gone with her parents. All she was left with was her relatives who were now her foster parents. They took her in and took care of her and she started getting comfortable with the new family. To her horror and disappointment, they wanted to be rid of her by marrying her off to some stranger.

What steps were taken

Whether he was a stranger or her friend she did not know, but she found a confidante in Shantanu (name changed). She shared with him that how petrified she was about the notion of marriage. She wanted to run away but was not confident enough. It was this confidante who helped her in this inescapable situation.

“We received a call from a client and he kept on requesting us that we help him somehow in stopping this marriage. I did not think there was any lawyer who would want to get involved in this situation. In this urgent situation, all I could think of was that girl, and that’s when we decided to call in on the appropriate authorities, to help this girl out.” Said Adv. Dipshi Swara, from Legistify.

Legistify Team took this case Pro Bono , and worked as a well-oiled machined and connected Shantanu to the Delhi Commission of Women (DCW). We emailed DCW, who responded within two days. They called the Legistify team asking for more information on the matter.

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