A few months ago in December Laxmi Rani came to know about a marriage in her village. But instead of making her happy, the way announcements of marriages tend to do, this one made her angry. The bride was a 15-year-old girl. In days long gone, Laxmi might have grumbled at home, railing against the fate of that poor girl. But this time it was different. Several months ago, before summer of 2016, she learnt that there existed a world outside her house, her village, even beyond the nearby towns. She learnt about the internet.
Laxmi, now affectionately called Internet Didi in her village, decided the wedding would have to be called off. She met the girl’s family, told them child marriage was not permissible, told them about the health problems that brides suffer and finally, with all her pleas falling on deaf ears, told them that she would use …
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