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Power to the Pupil(s)

July 16, 2007

I loved this article on the BBC website which just shows that in this day and age people power does still exist. 13 year old Habiba Sultana was about to be married off to a 23-year old neighbour. But thanks to her fellow students who protested together with their parents the marriage was stopped by local police.

The age difference is not the issue here (how many eyebrows would be raised if she was 23 and he was 33?) The problem here, which the Bangladeshi authorities may have missed was that she may be being forced into the marriage. The Police ordered a stop to the marriage on legal grounds i.e. she was underage. But I guess it is too early for people to understand that forced marriages at any age are the wrong thing.

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From → Bangladesh, Jahiliyah

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