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Sonia – a ray of hope

Sonia – a ray of hope

Sonia is a shining example to other children at the brick kilns

In 2012, Sonia Khatun (14) turned up at KBM brick kiln in Kolkata with her two younger sisters and her mother. She soon became a member of GOAL India’s Child Protection Group, which was able to have Sonia and her sisters admitted to a school.

But things suddenly changed when Sonia’s mother, Mumtaj Bibi, objected to them continuing their studies.

In February 2015, Mumtaj Bibi told Sonia that she had chosen a groom for her. As a member of the Child Protection Group, Sonia knew that the minimum age for marriage is 18. She was able to convince her mother about the problems she would face as a minor. Sonia and her sisters were able to re-join school, and she is a shining example to the other children at the brick kilns.

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