Patna: History came full circle in Bihar after 119 years of Mahatma Gandhi raising his voice against apartheid in South Africa in 1893 when Archbishop Desmond Tutu who accompanied Nelson Mandela in his war against the evil visited the state on Tuesday.

Tutu has waged a war against child marriage and is in Bihar to speak on the social evil. More than one crore girls in the world are married off in their childhood of which one-third marriages take place in India. In a country where about 67 percent girls enter wedlock before completing 18 years of age, Bihar features top in the list.

Those accompanying Tutu in his battle include former Ireland President Mary Robinson, former Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Brundtland and ‘SEWA’ founder and eminent social activist Ela Bhatt. They all are members of ‘The Elders’ group formed by Nelson Mandela with Chairman Desmond Tutu.

They visited Falpura village near Dhanrua, 60 kilometres form Patna. Addressing a press conference, Tutu said, “As the village elders keep a watch on the problems of the village, we as members of this group feel it’s our responsibility to find a solution to the problems of the world.”
“We have come to India with a promise to get the world rid of this menace,” he said.