Abuse victims to enact drama to spread awareness
Kolkata: On April 23, some girls and children who have faced extreme kinds of abuse, will take part in a drama to create awareness on violence and atrocities against women.
Through the pain that they have suffered, the physical and emotional trauma, the psychological damage, the stigma that continues to haunt them and the flashback of memories that do not allow them to forget their past, these girls are healing and building their lives again.
A script for the theatre titled JakhonTomar Bhangbe Ghoom, has been written by Nataraj Das. The music has been composed and performed by the band Jowar and the sets and lights have been arranged by Uttiyo.
The entire concept and story of this initiative is by Sanchaiyita Haldar, Dance Therapist, Mahima India, an NGO working for women's issues. She has also done the choreography and directed the play.
The unfortunate incidents in Kathua and Unnao have again shown the fate of the girl child and the ugly face of society and also made this initiative of Mahima India more relevant. Ananya Chakraborti, Chairperson of WBCPCR, will be the chief guest on the occasion. Justice Nadira Pathereya will also be present.
Mahima India has two homes for minor girls, one for minor boys and one for adult survivors. There is a research and prevention wing at the community level in the high trafficking-prone districts of North and South 24-Parganas.
There is a drop in centre in one of the largest redlight areas of Kolkata, where 60 children come every day and receive general education, computer training, medical assistance, music therapy, HIV clinic as well as life skills education, on how to stay safe in an unsafe environment.