This week, on MISSING, we delve into the problem of child marriage in India. We are joined by development professional and child rights activist Bharti Ali, the co-founder and currently Executive Director of HAQ: Centre for Child Rights, who has been working on issues concerning gender and child rights for over 29 years, and Baitali Ganguly, a founder member of Jabala Action Research Organisation, an NGO based in Kolkata that rescues and rehabilitates survivors of trafficking. They give us an extensive overview and an on-ground look at child marriage, how these weddings actually take place despite being illegal, and how it can enable insidious crimes like trafficking and sexual exploitation. They also discuss the push to raise the legal age of marriage from 18 to 21 and solutions to this deeply entrenched issue.
Trigger Warning: Please note, this episode contains themes and depictions of human trafficking that may be disturbing to listeners. Listener discretion is advised.
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A podcast series by the Missing Link Trust
Host and Executive Producer: Leena Kejriwal
Opening Story Narrated by Roshan Abbas
Writers: Baisali C Dutta, Niranjana Sivaram, Devleena Chakraborty & Husein Haveliwala
This is a Maed in India production.
Audio Engineer & Editor - Kartik Kulkarni
Producer - Mae Mariyam Thomas
Assistant Producer - Husein Haveliwala
Show Artwork - Alika Gupta
Episode Artwork - Bhaswati Bose