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  • Child Brides of Shravasti
    Nirma, 16 years, married to Rakesh Nirma stays at her own house, but talks to Rakesh on phone sometimes. He talks to her about his friends and school. Rakesh has studied till class 12th while Nirma herself is in class 11th. She aspires to graduate, and eventually become a doctor. Now she even looks forward to her Gauna. Though when she got married, she was scared, because she didn’t know how to do any work that is expected out of a bride. 'Child Brides of Shravasti' is a long term project that observes how child marriage changes the lives of young girls. The project is supported by National Foundation of India.
    Child Brides of Shravasti

    5. Usha, 15 years, married to Vishnu Usha learnt of her marriage on the day of the ceremonial tilak, 5 days before the wedding. The 15 year old stays with her parents but confesses to a loss of freedom after marriage. She talks to her husband once in 10 days and also obeys him when he asks her to not go out alone in the village. To ensure that she obeys, Vishnu checks with other members of the family. 'Child Brides of Shravasti' is a long term project that observes how child marriage changes the lives of young girls. The project is supported by National Foundation of India.

    Child Brides of Shravasti

    These tattoos on the hands of Sheela and Sanju Sonkar are depictions of their marital status. Every woman who goes to her in laws place after marriage must have this tattoo. Without this, the boy’s family will not even accept a glass of water from her. 'Child Brides of Shravasti' is a long term project that observes the changes in the lives of young girls after child marriage. The project is supported by National Foundation of India.

    Child Brides of Shravasti

    Suman Nishad, 11 years, married Suman didn’t know of her marriage until the haldi ceremony took place. She felt a pang of fear for the unexpected that was to pursue. Her friends recall that she would not stop crying. Despite that, Suman hasn’t discussed her marriage to either with family or her friends. Secretly, she wishes that she could just get to study some more. 'Child Brides of Shravasti' is a long term project that observes the changes in the lives of young girls after child marriage. The project is supported by National Foundation of India.

    Child Brides of Shravasti

    Shrawasti, India - July 28, 2016: Children play games at a school in Shravasti. In the background is a wall painting that says 'Education is the necessity of life.' Child Marriage is a common practise in the backward areas of Shrawasti in Shrawasti, India, on Thursday, July 28, 2016. (Photo by Saumya Khandelwal) 'Child Brides of Shravasti' is a long term project that observes how child marriage changes the lives of young girls. The project is supported by National Foundation of India.

    Child Brides of Shravasti

    Muskaan*, 14 years old is getting married to Raju*, 21 years old Muskaan loves to wear a sari and is glad that she is getting a chance to wear it on her wedding. She is excited to see all her friends come to her house for the occasion. She has no definitive answer when asked about how she feels about her wedding. What is there to feel, its all ok. It has to happen, there is no escape. Muskaan does not know that there is a life without these obligations. That there are girls who do not get married at her age and are free to study and pursue their dreams. 'Child Brides of Shravasti' is a long term project that observes how child marriage changes the lives of young girls. The project is supported by National Foundation of India. *name changed

    Child Brides of Shravasti

    Muskaan*, 14 years old is getting married to Raju*, 21 years old Muskaan loves to wear a sari and is glad that she is getting a chance to wear it on her wedding. She is excited to see all her friends come to her house for the occasion. She has no definitive answer when asked about how she feels about her wedding. What is there to feel, its all ok. It has to happen, there is no escape. Muskaan does not know that there is a life without these obligations. That there are girls who do not get married at her age and are free to study and pursue their dreams. 'Child Brides of Shravasti' is a long term project that observes how child marriage changes the lives of young girls. The project is supported by National Foundation of India. *name changed

    Child Brides of Shravasti

    Muskaan*, 14 years old is getting married to Raju*, 21 years old Muskaan loves to wear a sari and is glad that she is getting a chance to wear it on her wedding. She is excited to see all her friends come to her house for the occasion. She has no definitive answer when asked about how she feels about her wedding. What is there to feel, its all ok. It has to happen, there is no escape. Muskaan does not know that there is a life without these obligations. That there are girls who do not get married at her age and are free to study and pursue their dreams. 'Child Brides of Shravasti' is a long term project that observes how child marriage changes the lives of young girls. The project is supported by National Foundation of India. *name changed

    Child Brides of Shravasti

    Muskaan*, 14 years old is getting married to Raju*, 21 years old Muskaan loves to wear a sari and is glad that she is getting a chance to wear it on her wedding. She is excited to see all her friends come to her house for the occasion. She has no definitive answer when asked about how she feels about her wedding. What is there to feel, its all ok. It has to happen, there is no escape. Muskaan does not know that there is a life without these obligations. That there are girls who do not get married at her age and are free to study and pursue their dreams. 'Child Brides of Shravasti' is a long term project that observes how child marriage changes the lives of young girls. The project is supported by National Foundation of India. *name changed

    Child Brides of Shravasti

    Muskaan*, 14 years old is getting married to Raju*, 21 years old Muskaan loves to wear a sari and is glad that she is getting a chance to wear it on her wedding. She is excited to see all her friends come to her house for the occasion. She has no definitive answer when asked about how she feels about her wedding. What is there to feel, its all ok. It has to happen, there is no escape. Muskaan does not know that there is a life without these obligations. That there are girls who do not get married at her age and are free to study and pursue their dreams. 'Child Brides of Shravasti' is a long term project that observes how child marriage changes the lives of young girls. The project is supported by National Foundation of India. *name changed

    Child Brides of Shravasti

    Muskaan*, 14 years old is getting married to Raju*, 21 years old Muskaan loves to wear a sari and is glad that she is getting a chance to wear it on her wedding. She is excited to see all her friends come to her house for the occasion. She has no definitive answer when asked about how she feels about her wedding. What is there to feel, its all ok. It has to happen, there is no escape. Muskaan does not know that there is a life without these obligations. That there are girls who do not get married at her age and are free to study and pursue their dreams. 'Child Brides of Shravasti' is a long term project that observes how child marriage changes the lives of young girls. The project is supported by National Foundation of India. *name changed

    Child Brides of Shravasti

    Muskaan*, 14 years old is getting married to Raju*, 21 years old Muskaan loves to wear a sari and is glad that she is getting a chance to wear it on her wedding. She is excited to see all her friends come to her house for the occasion. She has no definitive answer when asked about how she feels about her wedding. What is there to feel, its all ok. It has to happen, there is no escape. Muskaan does not know that there is a life without these obligations. That there are girls who do not get married at her age and are free to study and pursue their dreams. 'Child Brides of Shravasti' is a long term project that observes how child marriage changes the lives of young girls. The project is supported by National Foundation of India. *name changed

    Child Brides of Shravasti

    Muskaan*, 14 years old is getting married to Raju*, 21 years old Muskaan loves to wear a sari and is glad that she is getting a chance to wear it on her wedding. She is excited to see all her friends come to her house for the occasion. She has no definitive answer when asked about how she feels about her wedding. What is there to feel, its all ok. It has to happen, there is no escape. Muskaan does not know that there is a life without these obligations. That there are girls who do not get married at her age and are free to study and pursue their dreams. 'Child Brides of Shravasti' is a long term project that observes how child marriage changes the lives of young girls. The project is supported by National Foundation of India. *name changed

    Child Brides of Shravasti

    Muskaan*, 14 years old is getting married to Raju*, 21 years old Muskaan loves to wear a sari and is glad that she is getting a chance to wear it on her wedding. She is excited to see all her friends come to her house for the occasion. She has no definitive answer when asked about how she feels about her wedding. What is there to feel, its all ok. It has to happen, there is no escape. Muskaan does not know that there is a life without these obligations. That there are girls who do not get married at her age and are free to study and pursue their dreams. 'Child Brides of Shravasti' is a long term project that observes how child marriage changes the lives of young girls. The project is supported by National Foundation of India. *name changed

    Child Brides of Shravasti

    Muskaan*, 14 years old is getting married to Raju*, 21 years old Muskaan loves to wear a sari and is glad that she is getting a chance to wear it on her wedding. She is excited to see all her friends come to her house for the occasion. She has no definitive answer when asked about how she feels about her wedding. What is there to feel, its all ok. It has to happen, there is no escape. Muskaan does not know that there is a life without these obligations. That there are girls who do not get married at her age and are free to study and pursue their dreams. 'Child Brides of Shravasti' is a long term project that observes how child marriage changes the lives of young girls. The project is supported by National Foundation of India. *name changed

    Child Brides of Shravasti

    Rekha, Muskaan's* elder sister attends Muskaan's wedding. Rekha herself got married when she was 10 years old, and now at 22 years of age she mothers two children. 'Child Brides of Shravasti' is a long term project that observes how child marriage changes the lives of young girls. The project is supported by National Foundation of India. *name changed

    Child Brides of Shravasti

    Muskaan's* friends cast a shadow in the room where she is getting ready for her marriage. 'Child Brides of Shravasti' is a long term project that observes how child marriage changes the lives of young girls. The project is supported by National Foundation of India. *name changed

    Child Brides of Shravasti

    Suba Bano, 17 years, married to Firoj Ali Firoj Ali got married to Suba Bano of the same age last year when Firoj’s mother fell severely ill. She wished to see her son married, so she wedded him. Firoj tries to keep Suba Bano happy. He gets her gifts when he can, but doesn’t really know if Suba likes them. In a single room where they live with Firoj’s parents and sister, they do not talk much. Here, Firoj and Suba Bano stand against the backdrop of Boolywood actors’ posters at their house in Nakahi village. 'Child Brides of Shravasti' is a long term project that observes the changes in the lives of young girls after child marriage. The project is supported by National Foundation of India.

    Child Brides of Shravasti

    Jamunaha, India - Dec. 8, 2015: Om Prakash's wife Anjani. Om Prakash is 19 years and works in Mumbai at a hotel. Anjani today came home for her Gauna. While Om Prakash will go back to work in Mumbai, he wont take his wife there even after thauna. The wives are usually left behind in the village in Dehat. Village - Sarka Baraau. Child Marriage in Shravasti in Jamunaha, India, on Tuesday, December 8, 2015. (Photo by Saumya Khandelwal) 'Child Brides of Shravasti' is a long term project that observes the changes in the lives of young girls after child marriage. The project is supported by National Foundation of India.

    Child Brides of Shravasti
    Shrawasti, India - July 29, 2016: Child Marriage is a common practise in the backward areas of Shrawasti in Shrawasti, India, on Friday, July 29, 2016. (Photo by Saumya Khandelwal)
Child Brides of Shravasti
Nirma, 16 years, married to Rakesh Nirma stays at her own house, but talks to Rakesh on phone sometimes. He talks to her about his friends and school. Rakesh has studied till class 12th while Nirma herself is in class 11th. She aspires to graduate, and eventually become a doctor. Now she even looks forward to her Gauna. Though when she got married, she was scared, because she didn’t know how to do any work that is expected out of a bride. 'Child Brides of Shravasti' is a long term project that observes how child marriage changes the lives of young girls. The project is supported by National Foundation of India.
Child Brides of Shravasti

5. Usha, 15 years, married to Vishnu Usha learnt of her marriage on the day of the ceremonial tilak, 5 days before the wedding. The 15 year old stays with her parents but confesses to a loss of freedom after marriage. She talks to her husband once in 10 days and also obeys him when he asks her to not go out alone in the village. To ensure that she obeys, Vishnu checks with other members of the family. 'Child Brides of Shravasti' is a long term project that observes how child marriage changes the lives of young girls. The project is supported by National Foundation of India.

Child Brides of Shravasti

These tattoos on the hands of Sheela and Sanju Sonkar are depictions of their marital status. Every woman who goes to her in laws place after marriage must have this tattoo. Without this, the boy’s family will not even accept a glass of water from her. 'Child Brides of Shravasti' is a long term project that observes the changes in the lives of young girls after child marriage. The project is supported by National Foundation of India.

Child Brides of Shravasti

Suman Nishad, 11 years, married Suman didn’t know of her marriage until the haldi ceremony took place. She felt a pang of fear for the unexpected that was to pursue. Her friends recall that she would not stop crying. Despite that, Suman hasn’t discussed her marriage to either with family or her friends. Secretly, she wishes that she could just get to study some more. 'Child Brides of Shravasti' is a long term project that observes the changes in the lives of young girls after child marriage. The project is supported by National Foundation of India.

Child Brides of Shravasti

Shrawasti, India - July 28, 2016: Children play games at a school in Shravasti. In the background is a wall painting that says 'Education is the necessity of life.' Child Marriage is a common practise in the backward areas of Shrawasti in Shrawasti, India, on Thursday, July 28, 2016. (Photo by Saumya Khandelwal) 'Child Brides of Shravasti' is a long term project that observes how child marriage changes the lives of young girls. The project is supported by National Foundation of India.

Child Brides of Shravasti

Muskaan*, 14 years old is getting married to Raju*, 21 years old Muskaan loves to wear a sari and is glad that she is getting a chance to wear it on her wedding. She is excited to see all her friends come to her house for the occasion. She has no definitive answer when asked about how she feels about her wedding. What is there to feel, its all ok. It has to happen, there is no escape. Muskaan does not know that there is a life without these obligations. That there are girls who do not get married at her age and are free to study and pursue their dreams. 'Child Brides of Shravasti' is a long term project that observes how child marriage changes the lives of young girls. The project is supported by National Foundation of India. *name changed

Child Brides of Shravasti

Muskaan*, 14 years old is getting married to Raju*, 21 years old Muskaan loves to wear a sari and is glad that she is getting a chance to wear it on her wedding. She is excited to see all her friends come to her house for the occasion. She has no definitive answer when asked about how she feels about her wedding. What is there to feel, its all ok. It has to happen, there is no escape. Muskaan does not know that there is a life without these obligations. That there are girls who do not get married at her age and are free to study and pursue their dreams. 'Child Brides of Shravasti' is a long term project that observes how child marriage changes the lives of young girls. The project is supported by National Foundation of India. *name changed

Child Brides of Shravasti

Muskaan*, 14 years old is getting married to Raju*, 21 years old Muskaan loves to wear a sari and is glad that she is getting a chance to wear it on her wedding. She is excited to see all her friends come to her house for the occasion. She has no definitive answer when asked about how she feels about her wedding. What is there to feel, its all ok. It has to happen, there is no escape. Muskaan does not know that there is a life without these obligations. That there are girls who do not get married at her age and are free to study and pursue their dreams. 'Child Brides of Shravasti' is a long term project that observes how child marriage changes the lives of young girls. The project is supported by National Foundation of India. *name changed

Child Brides of Shravasti

Muskaan*, 14 years old is getting married to Raju*, 21 years old Muskaan loves to wear a sari and is glad that she is getting a chance to wear it on her wedding. She is excited to see all her friends come to her house for the occasion. She has no definitive answer when asked about how she feels about her wedding. What is there to feel, its all ok. It has to happen, there is no escape. Muskaan does not know that there is a life without these obligations. That there are girls who do not get married at her age and are free to study and pursue their dreams. 'Child Brides of Shravasti' is a long term project that observes how child marriage changes the lives of young girls. The project is supported by National Foundation of India. *name changed

Child Brides of Shravasti

Muskaan*, 14 years old is getting married to Raju*, 21 years old Muskaan loves to wear a sari and is glad that she is getting a chance to wear it on her wedding. She is excited to see all her friends come to her house for the occasion. She has no definitive answer when asked about how she feels about her wedding. What is there to feel, its all ok. It has to happen, there is no escape. Muskaan does not know that there is a life without these obligations. That there are girls who do not get married at her age and are free to study and pursue their dreams. 'Child Brides of Shravasti' is a long term project that observes how child marriage changes the lives of young girls. The project is supported by National Foundation of India. *name changed

Child Brides of Shravasti

Muskaan*, 14 years old is getting married to Raju*, 21 years old Muskaan loves to wear a sari and is glad that she is getting a chance to wear it on her wedding. She is excited to see all her friends come to her house for the occasion. She has no definitive answer when asked about how she feels about her wedding. What is there to feel, its all ok. It has to happen, there is no escape. Muskaan does not know that there is a life without these obligations. That there are girls who do not get married at her age and are free to study and pursue their dreams. 'Child Brides of Shravasti' is a long term project that observes how child marriage changes the lives of young girls. The project is supported by National Foundation of India. *name changed

Child Brides of Shravasti

Muskaan*, 14 years old is getting married to Raju*, 21 years old Muskaan loves to wear a sari and is glad that she is getting a chance to wear it on her wedding. She is excited to see all her friends come to her house for the occasion. She has no definitive answer when asked about how she feels about her wedding. What is there to feel, its all ok. It has to happen, there is no escape. Muskaan does not know that there is a life without these obligations. That there are girls who do not get married at her age and are free to study and pursue their dreams. 'Child Brides of Shravasti' is a long term project that observes how child marriage changes the lives of young girls. The project is supported by National Foundation of India. *name changed

Child Brides of Shravasti

Muskaan*, 14 years old is getting married to Raju*, 21 years old Muskaan loves to wear a sari and is glad that she is getting a chance to wear it on her wedding. She is excited to see all her friends come to her house for the occasion. She has no definitive answer when asked about how she feels about her wedding. What is there to feel, its all ok. It has to happen, there is no escape. Muskaan does not know that there is a life without these obligations. That there are girls who do not get married at her age and are free to study and pursue their dreams. 'Child Brides of Shravasti' is a long term project that observes how child marriage changes the lives of young girls. The project is supported by National Foundation of India. *name changed

Child Brides of Shravasti

Muskaan*, 14 years old is getting married to Raju*, 21 years old Muskaan loves to wear a sari and is glad that she is getting a chance to wear it on her wedding. She is excited to see all her friends come to her house for the occasion. She has no definitive answer when asked about how she feels about her wedding. What is there to feel, its all ok. It has to happen, there is no escape. Muskaan does not know that there is a life without these obligations. That there are girls who do not get married at her age and are free to study and pursue their dreams. 'Child Brides of Shravasti' is a long term project that observes how child marriage changes the lives of young girls. The project is supported by National Foundation of India. *name changed

Child Brides of Shravasti

Muskaan*, 14 years old is getting married to Raju*, 21 years old Muskaan loves to wear a sari and is glad that she is getting a chance to wear it on her wedding. She is excited to see all her friends come to her house for the occasion. She has no definitive answer when asked about how she feels about her wedding. What is there to feel, its all ok. It has to happen, there is no escape. Muskaan does not know that there is a life without these obligations. That there are girls who do not get married at her age and are free to study and pursue their dreams. 'Child Brides of Shravasti' is a long term project that observes how child marriage changes the lives of young girls. The project is supported by National Foundation of India. *name changed

Child Brides of Shravasti

Rekha, Muskaan's* elder sister attends Muskaan's wedding. Rekha herself got married when she was 10 years old, and now at 22 years of age she mothers two children. 'Child Brides of Shravasti' is a long term project that observes how child marriage changes the lives of young girls. The project is supported by National Foundation of India. *name changed

Child Brides of Shravasti

Muskaan's* friends cast a shadow in the room where she is getting ready for her marriage. 'Child Brides of Shravasti' is a long term project that observes how child marriage changes the lives of young girls. The project is supported by National Foundation of India. *name changed

Child Brides of Shravasti

Suba Bano, 17 years, married to Firoj Ali Firoj Ali got married to Suba Bano of the same age last year when Firoj’s mother fell severely ill. She wished to see her son married, so she wedded him. Firoj tries to keep Suba Bano happy. He gets her gifts when he can, but doesn’t really know if Suba likes them. In a single room where they live with Firoj’s parents and sister, they do not talk much. Here, Firoj and Suba Bano stand against the backdrop of Boolywood actors’ posters at their house in Nakahi village. 'Child Brides of Shravasti' is a long term project that observes the changes in the lives of young girls after child marriage. The project is supported by National Foundation of India.

Child Brides of Shravasti

Jamunaha, India - Dec. 8, 2015: Om Prakash's wife Anjani. Om Prakash is 19 years and works in Mumbai at a hotel. Anjani today came home for her Gauna. While Om Prakash will go back to work in Mumbai, he wont take his wife there even after thauna. The wives are usually left behind in the village in Dehat. Village - Sarka Baraau. Child Marriage in Shravasti in Jamunaha, India, on Tuesday, December 8, 2015. (Photo by Saumya Khandelwal) 'Child Brides of Shravasti' is a long term project that observes the changes in the lives of young girls after child marriage. The project is supported by National Foundation of India.

Child Brides of Shravasti
Shrawasti, India - July 29, 2016: Child Marriage is a common practise in the backward areas of Shrawasti in Shrawasti, India, on Friday, July 29, 2016. (Photo by Saumya Khandelwal)