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No crops, no brides: how rising seas are killing India’s coastal villages

As the sea inundates Odisha’s coastline, livelihoods have withered with the harvest and weddings are a rarity as young women refuse to move to areas where they see no futurePhotographs by Aishwarya MohantyIn Udaykani, a coastal village in the east Indi…

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Child marriage in decline – but will take 300 years to eliminate

UN children’s agency welcomes drop in number of underage brides, but warns 12 million girls still getting married each yearThe number of child marriages is declining worldwide, but at too slow a pace for any hope of eliminating the practice this centur…

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‘He lives freely, I live in fear’: the plight of India’s abandoned wives

Activists highlight the poverty, stigma and abuse faced by women deserted by spouses living abroad Kamala Reddy*, 33, a software engineer from Andhra Pradesh, married Vijay Kumar* in a traditional Hindu wedding in 2012. Kumar, who was working in the UK…

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‘Deeply rooted tradition’: one man’s long fight to end illegal dowries in India

After 15 years campaigning, Satya Naresh believes it’s time for government action to stop the custom that causes a woman to die every hour through murder or suicideFor more than a decade, Satya Naresh has been trying to persuade India’s men to stop a w…

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