Poverty, Fear, and the Illegal Cruelty of Child Marriage

Almost half of the world’s child brides come from India. And almost half of the girls in India are married before they reach age 18.

The tradition of child marriage has deep and tenacious roots in the rural villages of India.

The world has changed dramatically since child marriage became part of the culture. Yet many of the provincial poor cling to the old ways. Continue reading


Human Rights in India

India is nominally the world’s largest democracy. Yet many Indian citizens are not granted the most basic human rights by their democratic government. Indians are faced with forced marriage, forced labour (including child labour, with India supplying nearly 25% of the world’s child labourers), horrifying conditions in the criminal justice system, and suppression of free speech. Continue reading

LEAF joins Girls Not Brides

LEAF Society is proud to announce its membership in Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage. We are now among the 300 organizations that work with Girls Not Brides to prevent child marriage, and to promote child protection measures all over the world.


Girls Not Brides

 LEAF Society
  • Areas of operationSouth Asia, Africa, Middle East, Europe and North America
  • Areas of operation– Namakkal district in Tamil Nadu, India
  • Focus– Prevention of Child Marriage and Rehabilitation of children who were victims of child marriage
  • Focus– Water and Sanitation, Promotion of better Livelihood, Right to Information, Child Protection, prevention of Child Marriage
  • Achievements in the area of Child Marriage and Child Protection– Worldwide
  • Achievements in the area of Child Marriage and Child Protection–   Over 290 child marriages intervened, and over 350 children rescued from various types of sexual and physical abuse
  • Work being done in the field of Child Marriage and Child Protection
    a. Empowering girls through vocational training and skills-building.
    b. Helping victims of child marriage for rehabilitation.
    c. Supporting young people to become activists for change.
    d. Raising awareness among communities and changing their mindset through educational workshops, street theatres, and campaigns.
    e. Advocacy for supportive legal and policy frameworks.
  • Work being done in the field of Child Marriage and Child Protection
    a. Training the rural youth and adolescent children through various educational programs.
    b. Helping victims of child marriage for rehabilitation.
    c. Recruiting interns and volunteers and encouraging them to do their bit for child protection, and prevention of child marriage.
    d. Intervention of child marriage through on-ground volunteers and agents of LEAF Society.
    e. Raising awareness among the rural population by using children as the change agents, and by distribution of multimedia toolkits.
    f. Educating the youth about the importance of RTI.


Through this collaboration we aim to speed up the process of stopping child marriage in India as well as throughout the world. With more resources, and more support, we will be launching several campaigns and programs to educate the girls of India and empower them. In addition to that, we are looking forward to create awareness among the people of India regarding the seriousness and urgency of this issue, and we are also going to promote more volunteering activities and activism regarding child protection and child marriage. Last but not the least, it goes without saying that we will be mobilizing more people and volunteers to work on ground and intervene child marriages occurring in India. We hope that this collaboration will benefit both the organizations simultaneously, and help us create a better India, a better world.