While India has been waging a campaign against the traditional practice of child marriage, many people here consider it a failed, half-hearted effort. The government’s defeat has been symbolized by the image of Shakuntala Verma, a 48-year-old social worker who lies in a hospital, both arms crudely severed above the wrists.
Verma believes her limbs were slashed by a local villager, angry at the work she was doing in rural Madhya Pradesh, a state in central India, to prevent about 20 child weddings from going ahead.

International Herald Tribune, Indore, June 2, 2005