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From Child Bride to Changemaker

 

Debosree Bera, aged 24 years, is currently working as a grassroot-level worker under Programme Sambhav – an adolescent empowerment programme – in Baharagora block of East Singhbhum district in Jharkhand. She was married off at the age of 17 years to a boy who was    5 years older than her. The alliance was arranged by their parents and she had never spoken to the groom before the wedding.

In Jharkhand, and several other states, girls generally get married off at the age of 15-16 years. When Debosree learnt that her parents were planning to get her married, her first thought was whether she would be able to complete her education or not. Many of her friends, from school and the neighborhood, were also getting married and she was worried if her father would agree to send her to college alone to complete her education. At that time, she was oblivious of the negative consequences of early marriage and the responsibilities she would be required to take up as a married woman.

Because of the pressure she was facing, Debosree dropped out of school to prepare for marriage. Being married at such an early age, she faced many challenges. She wasn’t allowed to return to school or pursue a job. “There was a lot of expectation to be more responsible. I was expected to take on the responsibility of the family and the household chores. At such a young age, whether I wanted to bear a child or not, was given little importance. I faced family pressure for conceiving a child immediately after marriage, says Debosree.”

 It was only after the birth of her first child that Debosree was able to venture out of the house and eventually, was introduced to the Sambhav Programme wherein she learnt more about the ill-effects of child marriage. Through the caring support network of peers and mentors, Debosree found her voice and is today, more self-assured and confident. She went on to complete her school education and is currently pursuing a college degree in humanities and also working as a Panchayat Level Volunteer. She mentors adolescent peer groups to educate, persuade and inspire them to act against child marriage and understand the value of education and other vocational education opportunities. The peer educators are educated on life skills and access to services for protection from violence, exploitation and child marriage.

“My lived in experience of being married early made me realize the pitfalls of child marriage. Child marriage is a big evil. I do not want any other child to suffer the way I did. I want to see children informed about this from the very beginning and to raise their voice against this.” This is the goal which Debosree aims to reach. She is working hard to reach out to adolescents, parents and community members and change their gender-biased perceptions that marrying off a girl child early will be better for her and the society. Debosree is trying to break gender-based barriers in the community through awareness and education. “There will be no other victim like me,” says a determined Debosree. She aspires to continue to have a secure job and a better future for her children as well.

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