Girls all over the world are being deprived of their childhoods by being forced into early marriages. New research by human rights group Breakthrough shows as many as 25,000 girls are wed in India, many times by fathers who think they’re protecting their children from harm.
In the U.K. this summer, airport security machines are detecting a different kind of danger, but these alarms are being intentionally triggered as young girls who suspect they are being taken abroad for a forced marriage place metal spoons in their underwear to alert authorities. The idea was spread by a charity called Karma Nirvana, which serves as a helpline for girls who have been ordered to wed against their wishes.
Take a moment to watch this chilling and heartbreaking video in which a brave 11-year-old girl from Yemen opens up about risking her life by escaping from her parents ahead of a forced marriage to an adult suitor.