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Durga Bahadur Balami, 17, puts vermillion on the head of nine-months pregnant Niruta Bahadur Balami, 14, officially becoming man and wife in Kagati Village, Kathmandu Valley, Nepal on Jan. 23, 2007. Niruta moved in with Durga's family and became pregnant when they were only engaged. In some circles of the more socially open Newar people, this is permissible. 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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