Sufiya Kuhtan, of Tala Upazila, Bangladesh, became a child bride when she was only 13. By 14, she had already become a mother. When her husband, the only earning member of the family, fell ill several years ago, Sufiya had to overcome tremendous financial hardship to provide for her daughter Selina’s education and give her a better and more secure future. Their dream? That Selina will become a doctor.
“Child marriage is harmful for everyone, no matter if it is a boy or a girl. They could hardly bear the burden of a family life at such an early age. I am adamant that I will not marry my daughter off as a child. She will complete her education and become a doctor.”