Odisha’s tribal girl Jhulima Mallick wins UN award for fighting child marriage

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Bhubaneswar: A tribal girl from Odisha, Jhulima Mallick, was with awarded the prestigious Unicef-sponsored V Award at the UN House in New Delhi.

The 22-year-old brought laurels to the state for her efforts to end child marriage. She was also acknowledged for promoting education among girls in her area

Jhulima , from Bandudi village under Khajuripada block of Kandhamal district, was the only one representing Odisha among the 10 selected from all over the nation.

She was presented the award by Minister of State of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju on the occasion of International Volunteers Day on December 6.

Belonging to the Kanda tribe, Jhulima hails from a very poor family. She dropped out of school when she was in Class X because of poverty and even worked as a labourer to support her family’s income. Later, she joined an NGO as volunteer and led adolescent girls of her village to fight against child marriage. So far, she and other girls of her community have helped stop around 12 child marriages in the area.

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