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Village leader Pudke Shreshta Balami leads the young couple Bishal Shreshta Balami, 15, and Surita Shreshta Balami, 16, in the wedding ceremony Kagati Village, Kathmandu Valley, Nepal on Jan. 24 ,2007. Here, Bishal puts vermillion on Niruta's head, officially signifying their union. Early marriage is a harmful traditional practice 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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