Saraswathi has been eagerly and anxiously awaiting for her mother from village, since yesterday...
Today will be the most significant and crucial day in her entire life...
She is quite tensed and nervous about the results...
But, much before her mother could reach her, she delivered a cute baby girl, at the
PS: Saraswathi was married off by her family at age of 11, and was widowed at the age of 13.
According to the United Nations, maternal mortality in India (which indicates the number of women dying in childbirth or from pregnant-related causes) is 25 times higher for girls under 15, and two times higher for 15-19-year-olds.
- Religion plays a key role in such harmful traditions and practices. Tradition and superstition are further reinforced by necessity
- Rural poverty similarly puts pressure on families to transfer the economic cost of a daughter to another family as early as possible.
- Married girls are generally separated from their immediate families, taken out of school to be "transferred" to her new-husband home, where they are expected to be used as free labor, sex objects and procreative machines. The teenagers health is put at risk. They are much more vulnerable than mature women when it comes to sexually transmitted diseases.
- Education and the empowerment of women are, beyond a doubt, two of the best remedies in a largely male-dominated country.
- May 9 2010 is Mother's Day.