Indian Woman Annuls ‘Child Marriage’ Legally

A young woman has had her child “marriage” legally annulled in northern Rajasthan state, in what is thought to be the first case of its kind in India.

Laxmi Sargara, 18, wed Rakesh when she was just one and he was three. She grew up with her own family, only finding out she was married when her in-laws came to claim her this month.

Child marriages are illegal in India but are still common in many parts of the country, especially in rural and poorer communities. She knew nothing of her future life until a few days ago when her groom’s family came to take her home with them to start her new life as Rakesh’s wife.


After appealing to her parents Laxmi sought help from a local non-governmental organisation, the Sarathi Trust in Jodhpur city. At first Rakesh wanted to go ahead with the marriage. But he relented after counselling from the NGO. Since child marriages are not legal under India’s Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, both Laxmi and Rakesh signed an affidavit declaring the marriage null and void in the presence of a notary public in Jodhpur.

Narayan Bareth, a journalist in the state capital Jaipur, says a recent survey found that 10% of girls in Rajasthan are married off before the age of 18. There have been several cases of young girls refusing to get married in India but these are rare cases, correspondents say. According to Unicef, 40% of the world’s child marriages take place in India, although recent efforts to stop the practice mean the number of such marriages has declined.

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Source: BBC News

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Kim Kardashian Flour Bombed on Red Carpet!

Reality star Kim Kardashian was flour bombed on the red carpet in West Hollywood on Thursday night.

Just before 8 PM, after finishing posing for the photographers at an event for her new fragrance, True Reflection, at the London Hotel off of Sunset Blvd., Kim was speaking to the house crew on the red carpet when a young woman strolled up to the reality star and dumped a bag of what appeared to be flour on Kim’s head.

“She came from Kim’s left, with a Zip-Lock baggie,” an Access Hollywood staffer on the scene said, noting the bag had about three fists full of white powder, believed to be flour. “The girl just kind of showed up on the red carpet.”

According to the Access staffer, who witnessed the event, no one stopped the woman, as she approached Kim ”She went in between Kim and her publicist and started dumping the bag on Kim’s head and shoulders,” the staffer recounted. Only a small amount of the powder actually touched the reality star, landing on her head and shoulders.


“She was shocked,” the Access witness said of Kim’s reaction. “And, as soon as it happened, she put her head down and security grabbed her and they rushed her off into the elevators.”

As for the flour bomber, she tried to briskly walk away from the scene, but was stopped and escorted away by security. Not one to let a little flour stop her, after about 10 minutes, Kim went back to work, returning to chat with the media, where she made jokes about the incident.

Source: Yahoo News

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