• Dec 3, 2016

The global average legal age of marriage for boys is 17 and 16 for girls but many countries permit  girls to marry much younger.

Child Marriage is said to be widespread in India, but there are still many countries in the west where girls are married at the age o as young as 12.
Here is such one such photo-story of a Child Bride from Georgia.

Source: National Geographic

Photographer: Daro Sulakauri

A 17-year-old Georgian-Azeri bride in the Kakheti Region waits for the groom to arrive on their wedding day. 

Child Bride’s classmates visit her before the wedding to admire her dress.

The Child bride getting her wedding dress ready for her wedding ceremony

 Child bride applies makeup at a local salon while preparing for her wedding ceremony.

She leaves her house for the wedding ceremony

Teenage boys watch from their car as wedding festivities take place.

As friends and family members dance around her, a 17-year-old bride cries while holding gifts of cash.

The bride and groom step over a dead sheep, which was slaughtered as part of a wedding ritual.

A Georgian-Azeri couple pose in front of a mosque on their wedding day.