12 October 2012
Last updated at 21:46 ET
The state of girls in India is the subject of a exhibition put up in Delhi by Nazar Foundation, a non-profit Indian organisation that promotes photography, in partnership with Child Rights and You (CRY). Ketaki Sheth took this picture of a girl performing on a pole in Mumbai.
Sudharak Olwe took this picture of a girl from the dirt-poor Musahar (rat catcher) community in Biihar. She is a rare member of her community who goes to school in her home state of Bihar.
Raghu Rai took this picture of a girl pacifying her sister while their mother sleeps on a pavement in Calcutta.
Swapan Parekh took this picture of Prem Kuwar (right), a seven-year-old year old bride, with her husband, Kamal Singh, also seven, on her wedding day in a village in Madhya Pradesh state.
Mansi Midha took this picture of 13-year-old Shabnam, who dropped out of school after her marriage last year. She will continue to live with her parents in a Rajasthan village, doing household chores, until she unites with her husband when she is 15.
Dinesh Khanna took this picture of a girl selling balloons with her friends on a pavement in Delhi
Fawzan Hussain took this picture of a young girl who is a sex worker in Kamathipura in Mumbai, one of Asia's biggest red light districts.
Suzanne Lee took this picture of young girl working in a coal mine in Jharkhand state. Many young children, mostly girls, work for a pittance in these mines, and have never been to school.
Sanjeev Saith took this picture of a shepherd girl in Andhra Pradesh state.
Amit Sharma took this picture of a sweeper girl.
Anshika Varma took this picture of eight-year-old Muskaan of Uttar Pradesh state, who had to drop out of school to take up household responsibilities. She says she misses school and her friends.
Swapan Nayak took this picture of two girls carrying water for their families in Assam.
Prashant Panjiar took this picture of a girl living close to the India-Bangladesh border in West Bengal. Schooling is scant in the region, and many girls stay at home.