Jasmine's Place Issue No. 15 - February 2015 - Page 29

All of this helps protect children from child marriage and educates parents to make other choices. Are there any other issues you would like to bring to attention concerning Child Marriage in this interview? World Vision recently released a report called Untying the knot which highlights the fears faced by children and families which can lead to early marriage, including the risks girls are put at when there is conflict or an emergency in their country. You can read the report here: http://www.worldvision.org.uk/upload/pdf/UNTYING_THE_KNOT_-_March_2013.pdf Suborna’s story The first time Suborna heard about her marriage, she was just eight years old. Her father took her out of school, believing marriage was a better and more affordable option than education. “When my father told me I was going to be married, I felt my life had been ruined. I visualized a life like that of my mother - marriage, lots of children. All dreams shattered,” Suborna says. Suborna immediately protested and asked a World Vision Child Forum to help persuade her parents to stop the marriage. But, a few years later, having become top of her class, her parents raised the issue again. “I was so unhappy. This time I told my mother who did not agree with me and they locked me in my room.” she says. Scared, Suborna made a plan. She pretended to be seriously ill and was taken to a nearby hospital. At the hospital, she snuck out and returned to her uncle’s home, where she had been living to be close to school. Again, World Vision’s Child Forum stepped in to explain the law and implications of child marriage to her parents. This time they gave their consent for Suborna not to get married before she turns 18. Finally her marriage was put on hold. “World Vision has made my parents proud of me. I finally made my father understand that his daughters could be his support in old age. And I succeeded. My youngest two sisters are now also going to school,” Suborna says smiling. Originally published in Issue No. 6. JASMINE'S PLACE 29