Family marries their 11-month-old baby to 9-year-old boyBy Mason White 2:48 PM October 21, 2015
By: Mahesh Sarin
(Scroll down for video) A girl told her story of how she was forced to go live with her in-laws after she was married as a baby.
Santadevi Meghwal of India, was just 11 months old when she was married to a boy named Saanval Ram.
However, she was not told about the marriage until she turned 17 years old and village elders ordered her parents to send her to live with her in-laws.
Meghwal was informed that was married to Saanval Ram, who was nine years old at the time of their wedding, and she was ordered to go live with his parents.
However, she refused to accept her fate and she fought hard to get her marriage annulled. “I kept making excuses and refused to go to my in-laws’ house, but the pressure built, and I was threatened and told that I would be forcibly taken,” Meghwal said.
Meghwal of Rajasthan, who is now 19 years old, was finally granted the annulment by the Family Court in Jodhpur.
Meghwal said that as soon as she tried to annul her marriage, she and her family members were hit with a fine and they were ordered to leave the community for going against the ancient tradition.
With the help of a child marriage activist, she finally won her life back.