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Indian girls asked the Prime Minister to ban them from getting married before the age of 21

Indian girls sent letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in which they asked him to increase the age of marriage for girls to 21, thereby equalizing it with the age of marriage that is set for men, Al Jazeera reports.

The publication cited the story of 19-year-old Sonam Kumari, who was forced to leave her home in the eastern Indian state of Bihar, because her parents insisted on her marriage, and she wanted to continue her studies.

As a result, after unsuccessful negotiations with her family, she moved to the city of Gurugram in the northern state of Haryana, 1100 km from home, and is now receiving distance education at a college. She also got a job to cover her expenses.

“I wanted to study, but my parents didn't listen to me. I had no choice but to leave the house, “ she told the publication. And even being at a distance, she continued to feel pressure from relatives.

Because of this, Sonam decided to write a letter to Modi calling for raising the marriage age “so that girls can complete their studies.”

Sonam's story resonated with the girls from Haryana: hundreds of young Indian women wrote similar letters to the Prime Minister. And last year, he already promised to revise the minimum age for marriage for women during his speech on Independence Day.

Currently, the minimum age of consent for marriage is 18 and 21 years for women and men, respectively.

Two years ago, the Indian marriage law has undergone changes in terms of their dissolution: residents were banned from “instant divorce”.

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