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Social Media To The Rescue! Rajasthan Child Bride Uses Facebook Proof To Get Marriage Annulled

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The tendency of people to post details of their lives on social media platforms, especially Facebook proved to be a saviour for a 19-year-old girl in Rajasthan who was able to prove that she had been married off at the tender age of 12 years, and got her marriage annulled.

Sushila Bishnoi was married off at the age of 12 years to another 12-year-old boy in the Barmer district of western Rajasthan in 2010. As per traditions in Rajasthan, she remained with her parents after the marriage ceremony, until recently when her parents began forcing her to move to her husband's house and consummate the child marriage.

"I wanted to study but my family and my in-laws wanted me to live with a drunkard," Bishnoi said to AFP.

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Running away from her home, Bishnoi went to a shelter where she met an activist Kriti Bharti, whose Sarathi Trust charity had helped had helped annul many child marriages in Rajasthan. With the help of Bharti, Bishnoi began the legal proceedings to annul her child marriage.

Bishnoi appealed to a court in Rajasthan to dissolve her marriage which took place when she was underage and thus should not be valid. Her husband then denied that they ever got married, throwing off Bishnoi's case entirely.

Aided by Bharti, Bishnoi searched through her husband's Facebook account and found proof of the marriage in the form of his announcement of their underage marriage on his Facebook page.

"Many of his friends had posted congratulatory messages on his Facebook page," Bharti said.

"The court accepted the evidence and declared the marriage invalid," she added.