Is marriage a guarantee that a woman won't be prostituted?
It's a question that played heavily on my mind recently when I went to the remote village of Wadia in India's western region of Gujarat to cover a mass wedding and engagement ceremony of 21 girls, which was aimed at breaking a centuries-old tradition of prostitution.
I arrived in the small, neglected hamlet on the eve of the big ceremony. Preparations were well underway.
Soon-to-be-brides sat inside the mud-walled compounds of their homes surrounded by singing female relatives, with "haldi" or turmeric paste smeared on the faces and arms - a South Asian pre-wedding ritual believed to make the skin "glow".
Sporting long, curled moustaches, large turbans and gold studs in their ears, old men idled on charpoys outside, smoking beedis under the shade of trees.
They told me they were from the Saraniya community - a once nomadic group who inhabited the arid landscape of Gujarat and the neighbouring Rajasthan.