A 13-year old Indian girl, identified as Duli Hembrom by Indian media, has written a letter to her headteacher pleading to prevent her from being married off after she failed to convince her parents to stop the marriage. The wedding is set to take place in Jamshedpur on Thursday, but the girl says it would prevent her from completing her education. The letter, quoted in the India Times reads: “I took an oath at the time of admission that I will not get married before I turn 18. I do not wish to get married early.” Her father, however, has vowed to continue with the marriage, saying child marriage is customary in their society as it is “difficult to find a suitable match for a grown-up girl.” Duli is not alone. Her state, Jharkhand, is one of the worst in India when it comes to child marriage, with more than 40 percent of women married or in a union by the age of 18, according to the U.N. The U.N. Population Fund considers the practice a human rights violation, but it remains widespread in developing countries where poverty and gender inequality is rampant.
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