A marriage between a 13 year old girl with a 30 year old relative from the dominant Naicker caste in Rajapalayam in Virudhunagar district with former AIADMK minister Rajendra Balaji blessing the couple. Over the last few years activists have observed that most child marriages in dominant communities happened in the presence of MLAs and ministers of these communities. Photo credit: Photo sent to the author by a relative of the bride.

How Caste Pride Is Driving The Spate Of Child Marriages In TN

Chennai: In the evening hours of the last week of May, I was getting ready to attend a political meeting when my phone buzzed. It was …

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