Can you imagine turning 18 only to find out that you've been married since you were a baby?
18-year-old Laxmi Sargara, who lives in India, discovered a few days ago that she has had a husband since the age of one. Her spouse, Rakesh, was only three years old at the time of the marriage, which was orchestrated by their parents. Upon hearing that her family expected her to go live in Rakesh's home, Laxmi sought help in getting the marriage annulled. The Sarthi Trust, a children's rights group, came to her aid, and their successful effort was the first of its kind in a country where child marriages are illegal but still common.
Kriti Bharti, the Sarthi Trust social worker who helped Laxmi, told the media, "It is the first example we know of a couple wed in childhood wanting the marriage to be annulled, and we hope that others take inspiration from it."