In some parts of the world, a woman is a commodity. A pretty, brainless thing to be bought and sold in the name of marriage as if she was an inanimate object.

At the age of 11 months, Santadevi Meghwal, was married off. Now twenty years old, this woman is fighting to divorce. Her in laws are demanding a kings ransom in response to the divorce.

Marriage is two adults (and yes, adults, not an adult and a child or a child and a child), who are ready, willing and able to make what will hopefully be a lifetime commitment to each other. Marriage is not the buying and selling of women. Unfortunately, women are still thought of as property. They not thought of as full fledged human beings with dreams, desires and a future.

Feminism has gotten women very far in this world. In many parts of the world, women have far exceeded the expectations that their mothers and grandmothers faced. We have become leaders in business and in government. We have earned advanced educational degrees. We may still live the traditional life of marriage and motherhood, but that is not the only option. Unfortunately, for every woman that has access to a good job, to a college degree, to make her own choice on how to live her life, there are many other women who have no choice in the matter.

I am not a commodity and I never will be. I am full fledged human being with a brain and a heart and the right to live how I see fit. Every woman has these rights and is a full fledged human being. I applaud Ms. Meghwal for standing up for herself. I wish there were more like her.

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