Santadevi Meghwal, Married At Just 11 Months Old, Gets Her Marriage Annulled
- IWB Post
- October 27, 2015
Santadevi Meghwal was married off when she was merely an 11-month-old baby. Santadevi, who lives in Jodhpur, was told two years ago that she was married to Saanval Ram, 28, who was nine-years-old at the time of their wedding.
Shocked, she opposed the whole marriage. As a result, she was asked to make a fine of £16,000 and was thrown out from her community.
She soon approached the family court in May’15 to request the annulment. She said, “It’s appalling that my marriage was hidden from me all these years. I only came to know when my village elders told my father to send me to my in-laws. At first I couldn’t digest the fact but it was the truth and my parents told me to accept it as my fate. I was not going to sit back and have my life taken away from me. I refused, and kept on giving excuses and refused to go to my in-laws house but the pressure built, I was threatened and told I’d be forcibly taken.”
Santadevi has now won the case, inspite of the opposition of her ‘husband’ and ‘in-laws’. Congratulations for the newly achieved freedom, Santadevi!