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Breaking child marriage in this community can cost bride a bomb

DNJAI73090 | 12/8/2016 | Author : Abir Ahmed | WC :384

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Child marriages which remain a concern in the state especially in the tribal areas, also witness traditions associated with it, which are a curse to the bride's family. In a small village of Sirohi district, which mainly houses the Raika community falling under the nomadic tribe is a victim of child marriages wherein a compensation ranging from 11 thousand to Rs11 lakh is paid by the families for breaking marriage. Dhananjay Devasi a shopkeeper in Mandwa village confirmed, "It is just a step to save marriages. The compensation is a punishment which is to be paid in case the marriage is broken. The amount is sometimes negotiable and is to create pressure on the couple." Chautha Bai, a resident of the same village had to re
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