Children’s Rights in Goa (CRG) in collaboration with Dnyanprassarak Mandal’s College (DMC), Assagao, took the message of “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” to bastis in Candolim, Calangute, Arpora, Baga and Mapusa as well as to Tatodi (for the Vanmare community) through a street play performed by lecturers, students and ex-students of DM’s College, Assagao and CRG staff and members. 10 performances were organised in the last three weeks supported by the North Goa Collectorate under the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao Scheme.
Community members enthusiastically watched the street play which has used humour and music to convey the dark future that will be ours if we continue to engage in sex selection. The play depicts how it will be difficult for a man to find a wife if the trend of female foeticide continues. A scene in the street play shows an auction in which the man making the highest bid gets the wife as there is a surplus of males and a shortage of females.
The harmful effect of child marriage on the health of young girls is shown. The destruction of families by the menace of substance abuse is also depicted. The play highlights the role of education in empowering girls and women and ends with the message of Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao.
The street play was developed by the entire team under the leadership of Associate Professor Prashanti Talpankar. The participating team consisted of Prashanti Talpankar, Chandru Govekar ( Assistant Professor, DMC), Sarvesh Kerkar, Prajakta Naik, Amita Naik Pillai, Saiesh Mhambre, Ashvek Desai ( Ex -students,DMC) Tanvesh Keni (GS DMC) Yuvankur Karpe, Aniket Chari, Viraj Chodankar, Nikisha Naik (students DMC), CRG staff member Ashish Nagvenkar and CRG volunteer Rucha Prabhudesai