Pushkar is home to many child rights violations. One of the biggest issues within the community concerned is the practice of Child Marriages. The legal age to get married is 18 for girls and 21 for boys. Rajasthan is the state with the highest rate of child marriages. Especially among lower caste, uneducated, poor communities, the practice of child marriages is very common. Most families arrange marriages for their children when they are between the age of 7 and 14. Child marriages cause teenage pregnancies, domestic violence, child birth and maternal health risks.
On the pictures below you see a child marriage in Pushkar. The bride was 17 and had never seen her husband's face before the wedding day. A month after the wedding, the girl became pregnant. The baby and herself were in critical health conditions and had to be hospitalized. In addition, the family came in financial debt because of the dowry and medical bills.
The Blue House Project strives to combat child rights violations like child marriages.
How do we fight child rights violations?
We work together with child rights organisations like Child Rights and You, Action India and the Urmul Trust. When we see or hear about a child rights violation, we file a complaint at the Rajasthan State Commission for Protection of Child Rights.