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Mass marriage in India

A performer dressed in a chimpanzee costume walks past brides as they arrive at a mass marriage ceremony in which, according to its organizers, 109 tribal, Muslim and Hindu couples from various villages across the state took their wedding vows, at Bahirkhand village, north of Kolkata,  February 5, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

A performer dressed in a chimpanzee costume walks past brides as they arrive at a mass marriage ceremony in which, according to its organizers, 109 tribal, Muslim and Hindu couples from various villages across the state took their wedding vows, at...more

A performer dressed in a chimpanzee costume walks past brides as they arrive at a mass marriage ceremony in which, according to its organizers, 109 tribal, Muslim and Hindu couples from various villages across the state took their wedding vows, at Bahirkhand village, north of Kolkata, February 5, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri
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Grooms pose before taking their wedding vows at a mass marriage ceremony in which, according to its organizers, 109 tribal, Muslim and Hindu couples from various villages across the state took their wedding vows, at Bahirkhand village, north of Kolkata, February 5, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

Grooms pose before taking their wedding vows at a mass marriage ceremony in which, according to its organizers, 109 tribal, Muslim and Hindu couples from various villages across the state took their wedding vows, at Bahirkhand village, north of...more

Grooms pose before taking their wedding vows at a mass marriage ceremony in which, according to its organizers, 109 tribal, Muslim and Hindu couples from various villages across the state took their wedding vows, at Bahirkhand village, north of Kolkata, February 5, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri
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A Hindu priest performs a ritual as a couple take their wedding vows during a mass marriage ceremony in which, according to its organizers, 109 tribal, Muslim and Hindu couples from various villages across the state took their wedding vows, at Bahirkhand village, north of Kolkata, February 5, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

A Hindu priest performs a ritual as a couple take their wedding vows during a mass marriage ceremony in which, according to its organizers, 109 tribal, Muslim and Hindu couples from various villages across the state took their wedding vows, at...more

A Hindu priest performs a ritual as a couple take their wedding vows during a mass marriage ceremony in which, according to its organizers, 109 tribal, Muslim and Hindu couples from various villages across the state took their wedding vows, at Bahirkhand village, north of Kolkata, February 5, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri
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A bride covers her face as she waits to take her wedding vow during a mass marriage ceremony in which, according to its organizers, 109 tribal, Muslim and Hindu couples from various villages across the state took their wedding vows, at Bahirkhand village, north of Kolkata, February 5, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

A bride covers her face as she waits to take her wedding vow during a mass marriage ceremony in which, according to its organizers, 109 tribal, Muslim and Hindu couples from various villages across the state took their wedding vows, at Bahirkhand...more

A bride covers her face as she waits to take her wedding vow during a mass marriage ceremony in which, according to its organizers, 109 tribal, Muslim and Hindu couples from various villages across the state took their wedding vows, at Bahirkhand village, north of Kolkata, February 5, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri
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Relatives carry a bride on their shoulders as part of a ritual during a mass marriage ceremony in which, according to its organizers, 109 tribal, Muslim and Hindu couples from various villages across the state took their wedding vows, at Bahirkhand village, north of Kolkata, February 5, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

Relatives carry a bride on their shoulders as part of a ritual during a mass marriage ceremony in which, according to its organizers, 109 tribal, Muslim and Hindu couples from various villages across the state took their wedding vows, at Bahirkhand...more

Relatives carry a bride on their shoulders as part of a ritual during a mass marriage ceremony in which, according to its organizers, 109 tribal, Muslim and Hindu couples from various villages across the state took their wedding vows, at Bahirkhand village, north of Kolkata, February 5, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri
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