Anuja / Before We Wed

Anuja is 16 years old and lives in Kathmandu, Nepal. Today, she is assisting to a wedding ceremony in the city with her two best friends.

She doesn't know with who will she get married yet, but what she knows is that her family is going to organize it for her. She also knows, that once that is decided, she will have to move to the groom's house, and take care of his family for the rest of her life.

In the urban areas of the country, the age of marriage for females is commonly being delayed until the 25 years old. Love marriages are more common every day, but same-cast arranged marriages still are the normal system. 

The years before the marriage are considered as the most "free" for a woman in the country. In most of the cases, a marriage means leaving her own family and starting to live for a new one. Having children in less than two years,doing all family chores, and treating a mother-in-law with highest respect are things expected from a bride.