Though the practice is illegal, child marriage is not uncommon in India. Duli Hembrom, a 13-year-old student at Milan Mithi Uchha Vidyalaya, is set to be married on April 22, but she has begged her school principal to stop her impending nuptials.
“I took an oath at the time of admission that I will not get married before I turn 18,” Duli wrote, according to Hindustan Times. "I do not wish to get married early."
Duli’s father, Lachhu Hembrom, defended his decision by arguing that child marriage is common and it would be difficult to find a suitable husband for his daughter when she’s an adult.
According to the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), 47 percent of 20- to 24-year-old women in India were married or in union before age 18 in 2013.
The ICRW reports that girls who are married before the age of 18 are twice as likely to be victims of domestic abuse.