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Friends and relatives of bride Sumeena Shreshta Balami, 15, and groom, Prakash Balami, 16, dance in front of the bride's home before the start of the wedding procession in Kagati Village, Kathmandu Valley, Nepal on Jan 24, 2007. The harmful traditional practice of early marriage is common in Nepal. The Kagati village, a Newar community, is most well known for its propensity towards this practice. Many Hindu families believe blessings will come upon them if marry off their girls before their first menstruation.
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