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The Strength to Say No, Paperback / softback Book


The true story of one girl who said "no" to tradition, and the effect it had upon a nation In a remote village in Bengal, 11-year-old Rekha and her large family lived by rolling handmade cigarettes.

She frequently observed the abrupt departure of her friends to go live with their mothers-in-law, where they were often treated like slaves.

In spite of her youth, Rekha was aware of the harm done to these little girls.

When, in their turn, her parents found a husband for her, a man she didn't know, she flew into a blinding rage at the idea of being taken away from any further schooling for good.

After that, Rekha went from village to village to tell her story, and especially to explain the tragic consequences of early marriages.

Thanks to her, several dozen children found the courage to say no to this tribal tradition.

Her story gained national attention with India's newspaper hailing her for accomplishing change that the India government was incapable of making.

Her exemplary journey gained her the recognition of the highest courts in the land, she has had an audience with the Indian President, and she is a recipient of India s National Bravery Award.

Written with the collaboration of Mouhssine Ennaimi, a distinguished reporter for Radio France, "The Strength to Say No," translated from Ennaimi s acclaimed French edition, is a documentary portrait of one girl s monumental struggle."


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Peter Owen Publishers
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Social discrimination
  • ISBN: 9780720617924



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