LUCKNOW: A 17-year-old, who did not give in to parental pressures and refused to get married before she reached the legal age, has become the poster girl against child marriage in her village, Madhisa Ratan, in Uttar Pradesh.
The teenager, Ruchi, had warned her parents that she would lodge an FIR against them if they forced her to get married against her wishes. “Only the girl is on the receiving end of all problems of an underage marriage. While others would just sympathise, I would be the one to bear the complications all my life. So I stood up in rebellion,” said the Class XI student . Ruchi said that when her parents did not pay heed to her wishes, she warned them. “I told them they would have to pay a penalty of Rs 1 lakh; this was beyond their capacity. So I was saved,” she said.