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Covid-19 Accelerated Child Marriage in India. She’s Trying to Fight It

In Bhopal, one woman’s organization is struggling to combat the scourge with the help of local law enforcement and the broader community.

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The Pay Check: Child Marriage Is On the Rise in India. She’s Determined to Stop It.

In a bid to combat child marriage, Archana Sahay started a 24-hour helpline based in the central Indian city of Bhopal. When the coronavirus pandemic hit, she was inundated with calls: Some were what she had come to expect from already-vulnerable girls and people concerned with their welfare. Others caught her by surprise.

On this episode of “The Pay Check,” Bloomberg explores how another unforeseen consequence of Covid-19 in India has been a significant increase in child marriage—and how one woman is trying to fight it.