Tabbu Afroz, the daughter of a cycle mechanic based in Ranch district, has been invited to the Breakthrough Inspiration Awards in New York where she will deliver a speech on child marriage.This 17-year-old girl from Jharkhand is the only participant from India to be named by the international NGO Breakthrough for the event for her efforts to stop child marriages in her hometown.
Her commendable endeavour began when Tabbu was 15. Her elder sister, who was then 17, was forced to quit school to get married. Tabbu had heard about child marriage being an offence in various programmes organized by NGOs in her school and began convincing her parents and other family members to stop the marriage. When her pleads went unheard, she contacted an NGOs with her teacher’s help and finally was able to save her sister from child marriage.
Since then Tabbu has been working towards spreading awareness. She has been making people of her locality realize why it is important for girls to study and choose a career, says a report in Times of India.
Tabbu has recently taken admission in a Ranchi college while her elder sister who was to be married away is now 19, and pursuing a course in computers. Tabbu’s father, Mohammad Ramzan is very happy with the success of his daughter and is thankful to her for making him stop the marriage of his elder daughter.