Girls of Paadhai
Inside the South Indian refuge supporting women in their fight against forced marriage
In Southern India, many women must endure early marriage. The refuge charity Paadhai shelters the children and adolescents who are trying to escape this fate. Twenty-year-old Amulpriya’s mother was married at an early age to a man who turned out to be unable to provide for her or her family. Now after decades of poverty, she wants her daughter to follow the same path – early marriage. However, determined to get an education, and to lead a life unlike that of her mother, Amulpriya is supported by Sunitha, the shelter’s manager. This is Amulpriya’s story - and the story of numerous other girls and women desperate to overcome oppressive expectations, and forge a life of their own, unburdened by arranged marriage.