Anandi Gopal Joshi deeper dive: Her marriage at age 9
She (Anandi Gopal Joshi) was married around 1874, when Anandi was only 9 years old. Her husband, Gopalroa Joshi was 20 years her senior. Although these numbers are shocking, but around the world during these times child marriage was more accepted.
But even with these laws and initiatives almost 1.5 millions girls (in India) will be married before their 18th birthday. And though rare there are reports of mass wedding ceremonies in the Biaora Kalan villiage at which over 60 young couples between the ages of 12-16 were married.