Degree Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Spring 5-1-2013

Capstone Advisor

Chandra Talpade Mohanty; Professor of Women's and Gender Studies, Sociology, and the Cultural Foundations of Education & Dean's Professor of the Humanities

Honors Reader

Himika Bhattacharya; Assistant Professor, Women's and Gender Studies

Capstone Major

Women's and Gender Studies

Capstone College

Arts and Science

Audio/Visual Component


Capstone Prize Winner


Won Capstone Funding


Honors Categories

Social Sciences

Subject Categories

Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | South and Southeast Asian Languages and Societies | Women's Studies


Girls’ education has long been considered a significant indicator of a girl’s age at marriage in India. Based on this idea, policymakers in India have designed or supported various expensive programs to eliminate child marriage in the country. Using a feminist lens, this paper explores one such intervention, Balika Shivir, an adolescent girls’ residential camp, located in the village of Lunkaransar, Rajasthan, in Western India. I focus specifically on my interviews with girls in this camp, highlighting their reflections on a number of issues dealing with education, culture, and agency in connection with their experiences at Balika Shivir. The inclusion of voices of the marginalized girls is central to the purpose of this paper. The goal is to gain a better understanding of the Balika Shivir camp, explore its potentials and drawbacks, and finally, provide recommendations not only to the organization but also to decision-makers in the context of girls’ education and child marriage.

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