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Mithali Raj: Parents view marriage as a secured future for girls

India’s inspirational women’s cricket captain Mithali Raj feels that child marriage can be dealt with by introducing girls to sports which, she says, gave her huge confidence and made her a strong and independent woman.

Mithali Raj. Pic/AFP
Mithali Raj. Pic/AFP

“Society needs to liberate from the clutches of their own vicious design. Parents are worried about the security of their children and look at marriage as a provision of a secured future for girls,” she said. Mithali was speaking at a panel discussion organised by the Ministry of Women and Child Development and Unicef on the occasion of the International Day of the Girl Child.

“Not everybody makes it to the top in sports because of various factors, lack of facilities or opportunities for girls, who are dependent on parents,” she said, adding: “I want to see a world where women don’t have to struggle or fight for opportunities but are given opportunities equal to men.”

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