Rakhi Ghosh
Rakhi Ghosh is a Bhubaneswar based journalist.
February 11, 2019
Alladin’s parents advised her to wait till she turned 18, following a resolution by the Gond Tribal Samaj to ban child marriages (Photo by Rakhi Ghosh)

Child marriage ban helps Gond girls pursue dreams

In Gond tribal villages where child marriages were the norm till recently, a resolution by elders to ban marriages before legal age has helped girl children to continue their education

April 30, 2018

Dharmapuri has forgotten the many names for rain

Rising temperatures and erratic rainfall in the drought-prone dry land farms of Dharmapuri in Tamil Nadu is making rain-fed agriculture non-viable but some women farmers are adapting by growing millets

June 16, 2017
The WhatsApp and Facebook groups to prevent child marriages hold regular awareness meetings. (Photo by Abdul Gani)

Facebook, WhatsApp curbing child marriages in Assam

At a time when social media is being used to spread lies and malicious rumors, a group of young people in Assam are using WhatsApp and Facebook groups to prevent child marriages in the underdeveloped district of Darrang

June 14, 2017
Keeping girls in school is an important way to push back underage marriages. (Photo by Eric Parker)

Custom of child marriages must be fought on multiple fronts

There is no silver bullet to defeat the scourge of underage marriages. Rather, it is important to extend the scope of current interventions among adolescents and the communities they grow up in, which then need to be backed up by suitable government policies