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Avika, 12, is prepared for her role as the young bride Anandi in Balika Vadhu, a television show currently being broadcast on Colors TV, Rajasthan, India, April 21, 2009. Assisting her in the dressing room is stylist Razia. The serial is set up in rural Rajasthan and deals with the practice of child marriage, a social custom still prevalent in parts of India. Rahul Chhabra, spokesman for the Indian Embassy in Washington, says his government "is aware of the problem and trying to do its best," imposing jail terms and fines, even for those attending weddings of underage brides.