Rabindranath Tagore's family was a part of the Brahmo Somaj and even his marriage with Bhabatarini Roy later named Mrinalini Devi, was completed following the rules of Brahmo Somaj. But my question is that when Mrinalini was married to Tagore, she was just 9. Is this not an implication of child marriage? Being a Brahmo, and someone who supported women empowerment, why did Tagore marry such a young girl and, even if he did educate her, she gave birth to the first child within 3 years of marriage, when she was just 12.

  • Is Brahmo Somaj the same as Brahmo Samaj?
    – MCW
    Jul 9, 2023 at 11:51
  • You may find some more details here.
    – CDR
    Jul 9, 2023 at 13:34
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    I think sharp distinction into child/adult (like child marriage, child labor, etc.) is a rather recent phenomenon - dating perhaps from XIX-th century. Before that they didn't see childhood as a particularly distinct phase of life.
    – Roger V.
    Jul 11, 2023 at 14:36
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    The Wikipedia page says Brahmo Somaj "discouraged" child marriage. That's a bendable phrase... And if you are asking why someone might have done something that was against the teachings of their religion... I would say, "human nature". Beyond that, you are asking for the motivations of a person long dead. Unless there is a written statement by that person on the subject, we are limited to guesswork and opinion...
    – DevSolar
    May 15 at 19:23


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