Bangladesh, The battle against Child Marriage

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Hasina Akhter Khanam, the Upazila Womens and Childrens Affairs Officer of Upazila Sreepur poses for a portrait in her office in Gazipur village, Upazila Sreepur, Gazipur, Bangladesh on 21st September 2011. Khanam, who has been in this position in Upazila Sreepur 3 years, liaises with locals and other authorities from her office when there is a child marriage case reported. She does not visit the families herself as she is 'afraid of being victimised by the villagers as she has no magistracy authority and is therefore unprotected from possible assault'. Photo by Suzanne Lee for The Guardian