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Odisha: Herself a victim of child marriage now leads a campaign against the evil

3/03/2021 at 12:28 PM

Bhubaneswar, Mar 3: A victim of child marriage is now spreading awareness on the evils of early marriage system. She is fighting against the social evil despite facing many adverse situations.

Meet woman behind this mission – Pravasini Nayak. Born and brought up in the suburban village  Lahabadi under Kandhamal district in Odisha, Pravasini had to marry at the age of 15 years.

As Pravasini recalls, she was one of the best scholars in her primary classes. But, her parents’ socio-economic condition could not permit her to go ahead with her studies after class V. However, her class teacher inspired to pursue her study. He admitted her in class VI paying the admission fees himself. She passed class VII from that school with the assistance from the benevolent teacher.

Her parents decided to stop her studies as there was no High School in the village. Meanwhile they tried to get her married. However Pravasini opposed her parents and continued her studies at a distant girl’s high school. She paid the admission fees and other dues out of her wages working in the field.

But all the efforts of Pravasini failed when her parents forced her to marry at the age of 15 and her formal education stopped there before completing class X.

However, the strong will power to study could not stop Pravasini to proceed further. She appeared the matriculation examination and passed with high score amidst the opposition of her in-laws. Subsequently, she passed graduation followed by a professional course on Hotel Management in Bhubaneswar, along with discharging her household chores.

Now Pravasini is a working woman residing at Isaneswar slum in Bhubaneswar. Besides her duty towards her family and office, she has taken up mass sensitization drive against child marriage evils as her mission.She is educating people in the city on the disadvantages of early child marriage explaining her own sorrows and sufferings as a victim.

Pravasini has been able to stop hundreds of child marriages in the capital city counselling their parents.In future, she will extend her mission to other parts of the state, said Pravasini.    

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