Bimala Rai returned back to school after the marriage
This case study is based on interviewing with Bimala Rai. She is the chairperson of Girls Club in Benga Dabur school of Mithila Municipality and studying in grade 10. Now she is 17 years. Five years ago, when she was just 12 years old, and she went out with a boy from a nearby village as in love. Everything was fine until that boy started pressuring her to marry him. If she didn’t, boy threatened to marry someone else. After 1 year her father passed away and she became orphan. Her mother took care her along with her sister and brothers despite dependent on farming vegetables in a small piece of land to sustain her family. Times were difficult, and her mother struggled to look after her children. Marrying at a young age is a very common practice among the people there. When this boy came to her and threatened to marry someone else, she was hurt and sad. Finally, she married with this boy as eloped marriage with him. When Bimala told him about her dream was to continue school, it was hard for him to resist.
Just a few days later, her husband left for India to work, like many of the other young men from the community. Then her carrying depend on her mother-in-law and brother-in-law. After some days, she was not allowed even to have a phone conversation with wife and husband. Her mother-in-law and her family disturb her in her life. Mother and brother-in-law started to assault. Her mother and brother came and tried to take her home, but in laws would not allow it. After a few days on the day of BhaiTika of Hindu festival, she escaped and returned to mother’s home. Now she is single and pursuing her high school education, focusing on management studies. She is the chairperson of Girls Club after being associated with Girls club, she has gained confidence, and able to share her story with others. She is working to stop child marriage in her village and making parents aware of the issues caused by child marriage and the laws against it.
Child Marriage survivor gets free from social stigma with improved income
This case study is based on interviewing with Janaki Sharma, a resident of Mujeliya, ward no. 14, Janakpurdham Sub-Metropolitan City. Janaki grew up in poor family and living with parents. Her father is a farmer, and her mother is a housewife. She was married at the age of just 14 years of age. When she was 18, her husband divorced due to some mysterious circumstances from Saudi Arab where he worked. Her husband went in Saudi Arab after I year of marriage. She became alone with her one daughter. Her financial condition was also weak. She was having very much trouble in taking care her children. One day, she came to know about the program of LIFE Nepal. She visited to the organization and shared her status and requested for the vocational training (like beauty parlor training). She got 2 months training of beauty parlor. LIFE Nepal has also a plan to support vocational training with kit box to the survivor with child marriage from marginalized communities under Ending Child Marriage and Promoting Girls Education Program. She participated in the training and skilled with parlor as well as supported a kit box with materials. Now she is very happy. She says that this is a good initiative of LIFE Nepal/GFF which is providing a platform for those married girls who became a victim of child marriage (like me) and doesn't have any skill to generate income for her family. She feels very lucky to be a part of this vocational training. She added that no one should suffer like me. She suggested every parent not to marry their daughter before 20 or against their will.
Good Initiation of Local Government for Child Protection
LIFE Nepal implemented Child Protection Program (CPP) in 48 Palikas as 1 Metropolitan City, 1 Sub-Metropolitan City, 24 Municipalities and 22 Rural Municipalities of Dhanusha, Mahottari, Rautahat and Parsa) districts of Province – 2, Nepal with the technical and financial assistance from UNICEF. The main aim of the program is to prevent and address the issue of gender based violence and violence against children in the program targeted schools. To contribute to the objective of the CPP, LIFE Nepal organized a district level training for Palika where consequence of gender based violence and its impact on child protection discussed and different cases, related data were shared and video documentary was viewed. As a result, Mr. Hari Narayan Mahato, Mayor of Mithila Municipality was motivated about the establishment of complain box and response mechanism at schools to reduce violence in the schools and increase the regularity of the students in schools contributing to better learning outcomes. He realized that complain box is one of the best tools to reach the student’s voice in school. It helps to create a child friendly environment in schools by addressing the incident of GBV, and other related cases. Finally, he distributed 22 complain box from Municipality fund in October 2018. He mentioned that all of the schools should implement the complaint box and response mechanism.
Campaign on say to no marriage before 20 years started from religious leaders
This case study is based on interviewing with Religious leaders Mr. Krishna Chandra Jha , Mr. Man Bahadur Lama and Mr. Maulana Abdul Rahman who were participated in a dialogue to discuss on the agenda of fighting against child marriage committed and announced their declaration for ending child marriage like “We will ask the age of boys or girls who are going to be married before fixing the day for marriage ceremony”, “We will not attend the marriage ceremony if child marriage is going to place”, “We will boycott child marriage”, “We will boycott feast of child marriage”, “We will work for establishing a positive social norms”, and “We will motivate and convince parents if they come up with the proposal of child marriage”. They were jointly started the campaign against child marriage through their religion side. After their commitment they have been stopped a few cases of child marriage. They were also started the awareness against child marriage.