Bangladesh has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world. Around 29 percent of girls are married before the age of 15, and 65% of girls are already married by the time they turn 18. Families are often in a hurry to marry their daughters off, because girls are thought of as an economic burden. Education is considered unnecessary for girls, because boys get the jobs and bring the money in.

Child marriage is both physically and psychologically damaging. Girls who are forcibly married at a young age are more likely to experience domestic abuse than their unmarried peers and many girls report their first sexual experience is forced. A girl of 15 is five times more likely to die in childbirth than a woman in her twenties.

Allison Joyce, an American photojournalist based in Bangladesh, travelled to a rural area in Manikganj District, west of the capital, and photographed a wedding between a 15-year-old girl and a 32-year-old man.

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Fifteen-year old Nasoin Akhter stands in the doorway of a neighbour's home on the day of her wedding to a 32-year-old man in Manikganj, BangladeshAllison Joyce/Getty Images
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Nasoin Akhter is bathed on the day of her weddingAllison Joyce/Getty Images
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Nasoin Akhter has her make-up done at a beauty parlour on the day of her weddingAllison Joyce/Getty Images
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Nasoin Akhter poses for a photo at a beauty parlour on the day of her weddingAllison Joyce/Getty Images
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The 15-year-old bride is wrapped into her wedding sariAllison Joyce/Getty Images
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Relatives help the young bride get ready for her weddingAllison Joyce/Getty Images
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Nasoin Akhter poses for a wedding video on her big dayAllison Joyce/Getty Images
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A friend consoles Nasoin Akhter on the day of her weddingAllison Joyce/Getty Images
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Mohammad Hasamur Rahman, the 32-year-old groom, arrives at the wedding venueAllison Joyce/Getty Images
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Mohammad Hasamur Rahman, 32, poses for photographs with his 15-year-old brideAllison Joyce/Getty Images
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Wedding guests dance and celebrate on the day of the nuptialsAllison Joyce/Getty Images
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Relatives lead 15-year-old Nasoin Akhter to a car that will take her to her new homeAllison Joyce/Getty Images
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Mohammad Hasamur Rahman, 32, stands on a bed over his young brideAllison Joyce/Getty Images

Allison Joyce also met two other child brides.

Mousammat Akhi Akhter was only 13 when her parents married her off to a 27-year-old man. She had just finished 6th grade and wanted to wait until she was older to get married, but she says her parents felt social pressure to marry her young.

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Mousammat Akhi Akhter poses in her home in Manikganj, Bangladesh. Last year, when she was only 13, Akhi married a 27-year-old manAllison Joyce/Getty Images
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Mohammad Sujon Mia, aged 27, stands beside his wife, 14-year-old Mousammat Akhi Akhter in Manikganj, BangladeshAllison Joyce/Getty Images
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Mousammat Akhi Akhter, 14, poses for a photograph with her wedding sariAllison Joyce/Getty Images
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Mohammad Sujon Mia and Mousammat Akhi Akhter are pictured in their wedding photoAllison Joyce/Getty Images
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Mousammat Akhi Akhter is pictured top left in her 6th grade class photoAllison Joyce/Getty Images
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Mousammat Akhi Akhter, aged 14, sits in the home she shares with her 27-year-old husbandAllison Joyce/Getty Images

Shima Akhter married Mohammad Solaiman last year when she was just 13 and he was 18.

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Fourteen-year-old Shima Akhter stands on the front porch of her home in Manikganj, BangladeshAllison Joyce/Getty Images
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Fourteen-year-old Shima Akhter poses for a photo with her 18-year-old husband Mohammad Solaiman in their homeAllison Joyce/Getty Images
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A photo of Shima Akhter and her husband hangs in their homeAllison Joyce/Getty Images
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Fourteen-year-old Shima Akhter walks through a field near her homeAllison Joyce/Getty Images

Child marriage is illegal in Bangladesh, but the law is rarely enforced. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina pledged to reduce, and ultimately eliminate, child marriage. However, a draft of the Child Marriage Restraint Act has a clause which says that although the legal age of marriage for girls is 18, marriage will be legal at 16 under special circumstances, such as if the girl is pregnant or "if it is their parents' wish"