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.