The outstanding news in pictures on August 5, 2011 include the alarming case of child marriage in India, the sunken passenger cargo ship in central Philippines and the Wacken Open Air heavy metal music fest in Germany.
According to Indian law, the legal marriage age is 18, but child marriages in the country are very common, especially in poor, rural regions. Around 47 percent of women aged between 20 and 24 were got married before 18. In fact, child marriages are stealing the innocence of millions of girls worldwide and bringing them into poverty, poor health and ignorance.
Child bride Krishna (right), 12, laughs with her husband Kishan Gopal, 14, at her house in a village near Baran, located in the northwestern state of Rajasthan on August 4, 2011
Heavy metal music fans take a group bath before the first main performance on the first day of the Wacken Open Air heavy metal music fest, which attracts approximately 75,000 heavy metal fans around the world on August 4, 2011 in Wacken, Germany
Indonesian women pray on the fourth day of Ramadan at the Istiqlal mosque
An aerial photo taken on August 2 captures the sunken passenger cargo ship named M/V Asia Malaysia at the seas of Panay and Negros islands, central Philippines. Fortunately, all 147 passengers and screw were rescued
A child stands in front of her home at a refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya on Thursday, Aug 4. About 440,000 refugees, almost all come from war-ravaged Somalia, are gathering in Dadaab
About five fuel tankers carrying fuel for NATO and the US forces in Afghanistan caught fire at the depot on the outskirts of Kabul, August 4, 2011. No casualties were reported
A crew member of a sinking ship carrying 60,000 tons of coal from Indonesia to India is being rescued by an Indian Navy helicopter off the coast of Mumbai, India on Aug. 4, 2011
People watch riders performing on their motorcycles during a freestyle motocross event named FMX Jam
Child Marriages in India
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