"I was horrified: my own parents had arranged my marriage to a man twice my age. In addition, I feared being sold to a prostitution ring."
A teenage girl in the federated state of West Bengal, India, escaped forced marriage arranged by her parents by appealing to a partner group of the organization Christian Solidarity International (CSI).
The one the CSI calls Jasmin was only 16 when she learned that her parents had to decide to organize her forced marriage.
"I was horrified", she explains, "my own parents had arranged my marriage with a man twice my age. In addition, I feared being sold to a prostitution ring".
Jasmin refuses this marriage. Her parents beat her, insult her. She decides to call on the CSI's partner who fights against human trafficking. Despite this support, Jasmin's parents refuse to abandon their project.
The organization will therefore call on the police and the director of the Jasmin school. The police go to the young girl's home and obtain the annulment of the marriage. From now on, Jasmin also wants to fight against child marriage.
“I am touched by the love and concern with which your team has helped me, when my own parents betrayed me. In the future, I wish to engage with you in the fight against child marriage ."