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NEW DELHI, Feb 10 (TrustLaw) - Scores of South Asian charities struggling to curb high child-marriage rates are backing a global movement spearheaded by South African peace icon Archbishop Desmond Tutu to end the practice affecting millions of girls and women worldwide.

Representatives from charities in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka gathered in New Delhi last week at the regional launch of the "Girls Not Brides" alliance – created by Tutu, 80, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for speaking out against white minority rule in South Africa.

Even though, child marriages are unpopular, it still remains a social menace, which is rampant in rural areas. While the local administration looks incompetent at curbing this menace, an unassuming 21-year-old girl from a remote village in Malda has taken the mantle to eradicating this menace. Meet Anjali Burman, a resident of Balarampur village, a third-year student in Malda College.

Forcing young females into marriage contributes to high fertility rates and ultimately increases poverty

By Craig & Marc Kielburger, Special To The Sun January 2, 2012
 
At first glance, Nujood Ali's story appears not much different from that of so many other wives around the world every day. Beaten and sexually abused by her husband, Ali pleaded for a divorce.

There is one element that takes this story from the tragic to the truly horrific: Ali was only 10 years old.

Ali lives in Yemen, where 14 per cent of girls are forced into marriage before the age of 15. She is one of the lucky ones. She escaped.