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lives to escape unwedded lives.
The start of the suicide epidemic
began with a girl whose name, Sneha
lata, is now on the lips of every girl
in Bengal. Her father was about to
beggar himself to buy her an edu
cated husband. The devotion of her
father had an answer in the devotion
of the girl, who in America would
have been thinking of dolls or moving
pictures, instead of matrimony.
Snehalata procured kerosene and
pouring it over her scanty clothing,
gave up her life in a lurid protest
against the conflicting customs of her
country which demanded that she
marry and as a price must plunge her
family into penury.
Other girls have followed her ex
ample, while some have resorted to
the short, swift plunge into the rivers.
From the little girls, the widows of
Bengal have caught that spirit which
prefers death to the degradation and
TwoTypical Girls of Marriageable Age in India. They'd Find Husbands In
America Easy Enough.