She looked  at the mirror and admired herself- she looked beautiful as a bride. But the beautiful saree that she wore, the grand jewellery, the mehendi on her hands also reminded her that her dreams were to end today! Like every girl she had big dreams about being a bride and marrying the man of her choice but that wasn't her only dream and she had many more things to achieve before living this marriage dream. She didn't want to be the bride today but her parents wouldn't listen as it was a matter of their family pride and honour. She felt bad to hurt her parents but she made up her mind, picked up the phone, dialled a number and asked, "Is this the Child Marriage Helpline?", for she was just 14 years old!
Lillie McFerrin Writes

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