This story is just all kinds of amazing and inspiring:
Classmates of a 13-year-old Bangladeshi school girl due to enter a forced marriage have united to stop the ceremony going ahead, police say.
Around 50 pupils in the town of Satkhira took to the streets to demand that Habiba Sultana’s wedding be called off, they say.
Pupils even submitted a petition to police urging them to take action.
Police summoned Habiba’s father and ordered him to stop the girl’s marriage, which they said was illegal.
Her father was told to sign a bond in which he promised not marry off his daughter while she is still a child, the Bangladesh Daily Star reported.
At the right moment, truth can be unstoppable and infectious. It can turn a deeply ingrained cultural tradition on its head. It can look a father in the face and tell him that his daughter is no longer simply an instrument of barter, to be sold or married off at his whim without any say from her. These young girls have bravely initiated the shift in Satkhira, and as they get older it can only continue to permeate.
This story actually made me optimistic for a couple of minutes. Why? Because it shows that a true paradigm shift can still happen. Maybe even here on our shores one day.