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A year-old girl in India has become the latest victim in a 'school rape' epidemic - and only discovered she was pregnant seven months after the attack. The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was attacked for an hour in a locked classroom - and while her parents are standing by her they have spoken of their distress that she may no longer find a husband. She might not get a job if people get to know her story. I only hope she is not ridiculed in society and is not judged.
Twelve-year-old Aarti Kumari combs her hair at the Kasturba Gandhi Girls School.
Nearly six years ago, I wrote a story about how the i-pill, a brand of morning-after pill, was being misused in India. I posted an internet notice asking people who had used the i-pill to contact me. I could not have predicted the flood of responses. Years later, I still get panicky mails from desperate strangers asking for contraceptive advice. Many are from young teen girls, who want me to tell them if they are pregnant. I write back to every one asking that they see a doctor. I get no response, and I very much fear that none of them do. This is precisely why India needs sex education.
In the bare dirt courtyard of a low-slung building in a small farming village, a group of girls chase one another in a round of kabaddi, a local schoolyard game a bit like Red Rover. It could be any small village school in a desperately poor rural area of India — except that these girls have barely escaped a 21st century system of slavery. More children are sold into prostitution in India than in any other country. In villages such as Simraha, it is not uncommon for girls as young as 12 or 13 to be sold. The school keeps them safe and away from the home-based brothels that they were growing up in. At this school, many of the children playing games, doing homework, helping with dinner and making crafts are the daughters of prostitutes. They are members of a marginalized caste known as the Nat community, which is trapped in a system of hereditary prostitution. Founded by the nonprofit organization Apne Aap , its supporters and the Bihar state government, the school aims to break the bonds of caste and inequality. Gupta's group works to get the girls out of the reach of men who might sell them — by enrolling them in the boarding school but allowing weekend visits with their mothers and siblings. For most of the girls at the school, it's the first time any member of their family has been offered access to education.