Balika Mela: A fair in celebration of the girl child

Photo: Urmul Trust

In the time it has taken to read this article 33 girls under the age of 18 have been married

Each year, 12 million girls are married before the age of 18

That is 23 girls every minute

Nearly 1 every 3 seconds

About the author

Andrea Bever

Urmul Trust

The URMUL Trust, a family of grassroots organisations, has been working in the Thar Desert of Rajasthan, India for the last 25 years with the vision to empower poor and deprived communities and make them self-reliant and able to live in dignity. Visit their website.