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Indian Child Bride Married At 11 Months Old Finally Wins Her Freedom

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An Indian child bride who was married at just 11 months old has finally had her marriage annulled.

Santadevi Meghwal, 19, from Jodhpur, in the western state of Rajasthan, in India – infamous for child marriages – was finally awarded the annulment by the Family Court, in Jodhpur, at 3pm yesterday.

Santadevi was told two years ago that she was married to Saanval Ram, 28, who was nine-years-old at the time of their wedding.

But as soon as she tried to annul her marriage she was fined £16,000 and banished from her community.
With the help of a charity and child marriage activist she went against her community and has finally won her life back.

Santadevi said:”I did not believe in this marriage and I was determined to fight for my freedom and break free. “I was not going to give up. “This is a wonderful day for me.”

Santadevi, who now dreams of becoming a teacher, approached a family court on May 13 this year to request the annulment.

But as soon as her ‘husband’ and his family heard about it they reported her to the Panchyat, a self-government organization.

It fined Santadevi and her family £16,000 and banned them from the community for going against the age-old tradition.

But Santadevi was undeterred by the penalty and was determined to annul her childhood marriage.

“It’s appalling that my marriage was hidden from me all these years,” she said. “I only came to know when my village elders told my father to send me to my in-laws.

“At first I couldn’t digest the fact but it was the truth and my parents told me to accept it as my fate.

“I was not going to sit back and have my life taken away from me. I refused, and kept on giving excuses and refused to go to my in-laws house but the pressure built, I was threatened and told I’d be forcibly taken.

“That’s when I approached Saarthi Trust.”

Saarthi Trust is a children’s rights group founded by child marriage campaigner Kriti Bharti, 26, and this is now her 29th child marriage annulment in India.

The charity was responsible for helping the first girl in India – Laxmi Sargara – to annul her child marriage in 2012 and since then they have helped to annul 27 child marriages.

But that number is always growing.

Kriti said: “I’m over the moon Santadevi has won her freedom.

“It’s my dream to eradicate child marriage from India forever, and this is just another girl’s life I have helped to save.

‘Santadevi approached me in April and I didn’t hesitate to help her. “I immediately started giving her parents some counselling and advice.

“Parents are generally apprehensive about going down such roads because of the humiliation and the consequences of being ostracized from the community.

“But thankfully Santadevi’s father finally supported her.”

A census in 2011 revealed that 1.6 million children were married between 2000 and 2010 in Rajasthan.

Even though the marriage of a girl under 18 and a boy under 21 is prohibited and the practice of child marriage has been illegal since 1929, India’s rural patriarchal society means many families in Rajasthan still follow the practice.

Kriti has recently won a scholarship with the Trust Women Conference, and will be in London, next month, to help international campaigners empower women worldwide and fight modern-day slavery.

Source: Mirror Online

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Buhari Will Come Up With Solutions In Few Hours -Major General Babagana Monguno

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It has been reported that the National Security, Major General Babagana Monguno (retd), on Thursday said the President Muhammadu Buhari, would come up with solutions to the ongoing violence erupting in parts of the country ”in the next few hours”.

Babagana Monguno Says Buhari Is Coming Up With Solutions

According to Punch, May Babagana did not disclose the solutions, he said they would communicate to parties concerned.

Mongunu revealed this in an interview with State House correspondents at the end of a meeting of the National Security presided over the President.

The NSA also did not disclose whether the President will announce the solutions through a national broadcast.

He said,

“The President himself, I have just left his office, is also going to deal with these issues in a specific manner apart from what has just taken place in council.

I believe in the next couple of hours, Mr President will come up with certain solutions that will be agreeable to the entire federation.”

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“Please If Anything Happens To Me, It Wasn’t Ordinary” – Ex BBN Ifu Ennada

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“Please If Anything Happens To Me, It Wasn’t Ordinary” – Ex BBN Ifu Ennada

Nigerian reality TV star and actress, Ifu Ennada has disclosed that she is being threatened over her involvement with the ongoing #endsars protests.

The former BBNAIJA housemate told her fans that if anything bad happens to her, they should be aware that it isn’t ordinary, because she’s getting threat messages from anonymous people.

She wrote;

“They are threatening me! Guys the people where I live are getting calls that I should stop posting about these things.

Please if anything happens to me, just know that it wasn’t ordinary. I’m not posting things that aren’t happening or things that others are not already posting”.

She further mentioned that her location is currently off, and she isn’t home, so no one can trace where she is.

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Hoodlums attack Nnewi police station, release motocycles impounded by police

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Trending online is the news of Some hoodlums who have attacked the Nnewi police station before releasing motocycles impounded by the police.

The station was also set on fire.

A video of the hoodlums celebrating after releasing the motorcyles has circulated on social media.

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