Laxmi, alongside her 3 siblings and family, lives in a small mud-house in Ambatand, 8 km away from the district town of Koderma, Jharkhand. She is the eldest child in her family. Laxmi was a brilliant child. But she had to drop out of the chool in the fifth grade. With the passage of time, her parents planned to marry her with a man hailing from Nawada district bequeathing him with a dowry of Rs 100000.
When the information reached the Project Area Representative during the field visit, he immediately went to Laxmi’s house. He tried to convince her parents to call off the marriage by explaining about the existing laws and various repercussions they would face if thery married off Laxmi. His efforts bore fruit. Rashmi’s parents decided to call off the marriage after the interaction and assured the representative that her marriage will not be solemnized till she attains the age of 18.
Ms Laxmi was near to reach the age of 18 when she was rescued from child marriage. But now as she has reached 18, BKS (Bhartiya Kisan Sangh) encouraged her to learn some skills so that she can become self-reliant financially. She was enrolled in a skill training program of security-guard provided by BKS at Ranchi to improve the livelihood condition of vulnerable girls. At present she is pursuing her training and is happy in the training environment. BKS has teamed up with Terre Des Hommes (Netherlands) to prevent the exploitation of children in the mica-producing Koderma and Giridih areas of Jharkhand. It aims to address the issues in order to improve conditions of children and the community. The organization is working towards empowering many such girls in their field area.