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"I saw my daughter lying on the cot, weltering in blood...........". This statement given in court by Radhamonee Debi, mother of ten or eleven year old Phulmonee Debi, who died of marital rape by her husband in 1890. Her death was widely reported and discussed, and in 1891 Indian reformers persuaded the colonial government to raise the minimum age of consent for married girls to twelve. Because child marriage was the order of the Bengali society and violation of this social practice wasdoi:10.5281/zenodo.1490554 fatcat:vsnxfyfbt5gbxkm3nkmh46qf3m