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    Education Is the New Bridal Ornament for Indian Girls

    How old-school! Regional governments in India are pushing hard for young women’s education, offering financial incentives and free bicycles to get enrollment as high as 96 percent in some areas. This, in a country with the world’s second-highest rate of child marriage, also aims to keep females in school longer. Yet social values placing marriage above education — except as a bargaining tool for a lower dowry — are still going strong, and they could bring down those trying to cut through the wed tape.

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