This meeting, and biweekly meetings like it in more than 1,000 villages across West Bengal are part of an innovative new project aimed at curbing child marriage and empowering girls.
The majority of rural girls in India are pulled out of school and married before they turn 17.
That has devastating consequences not just for the girls (who miss out on an education), and not just for their future children (who are born underweight and sometimes premature), but also for India.
According to the Global Campaign for Education, if India enrolled 1% more girls in secondary school, its GDP would rise by $5.5 billion."
Read article by Amit Kumar Ghosh of Landesa, a global land rights nonprofit.