1. Sheela and Sanju place their hands over each other’s, in Shravasti, Uttar Pradesh, India, on 8 December 2015. These tattoos show the girls' marital status and are required for acceptance into their husband's homes.
2. Muskaan* (14) is wrapped in a red cloth as part of her wedding day ceremonies in Shravasti, Uttar Pradesh, India, on 29 April 2017. She was marrying 21-year-old Raju*. Under pressure from her father, Muskaan discontinued her education after her marriage was fixed. When asked about how she felt about her marriage, Muskaan responded, “what is there to feel about it? It happens with everyone.”
3. Anjani (16), married to Om Prakash, sits in a corner of her in-laws’ house during her 'Gauna' ceremony, in Shravasti, India, 8 December 2015. In these communities, a girl does not start living with the husband right after marriage, but after the ‘Gauna’ ceremony. As part of the ceremony, the bride is brought to the husband’s house where relatives and villagers gather to look at her. After that, the bride can start living in her new house. Om Prakash will leave Anjani back in the village when he moves to Mumbai for work, and will visit about 3 times a year. Meanwhile, Anjani will stay back and take care of his house and family.
* Not their real names.
From ‘Child Brides of Shravasti’ by Saumya Khandelwal (@khandelwal_saumya)
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Shravasti district is part of Uttar Pradesh, one of the most populous, and among the least literate states in India. According to Census 2011, one in every four girls born in Shravasti is married off before she turns 18. Marriage of girls younger than 18 years old and boys younger than 21 years old is illegal in India but the practice continues unabated.These child brides are left to face the realities and repercussions of premature marriage, and in many cases, premature parenthood.
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