Hidden Pockets Collective recently conducted a workshop on young people’s consent with Project Khel in Uttar Pradesh. It was conducted for children above the age of 10 years old to 17 years in different schools.
We asked the young people if they had ever talked about issue of consent with their friends, family and communities. There were lot of questions about right to say yes, right to no, and questions about how to convince a person.
Young people often had questions about who had a right to give consent, not everyone felt they had a right. Also for most of them, they felt like parents decided things for them.
Even though nobody explicitly mentioned about child marriages, young people did acknowledge the fact that a lot of young girls had to drop out of schools because of marriages.