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When Mallika told her parents she was pregnant at 17, they pulled her out of school and ordered her to marry the baby's father. But the marriage didn't happen and the one-time aspiring singer now cares for her baby girl alone. 

The two-hour old daughter of a 17-year old girl is fed by a nurse at a hospital in Chiang Mai's Fang district Oct 2, 2012. Out of every 1,000 live births in Thailand, 54 are from teen mothers aged 15-19 (REUTERS/Sukree Sukplan).

"I love her, but at the time I hid in shame," said Mallika, now 23 and a vendor of cheap, made-in-China clothing at a weekend market in Bangkok.

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