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Scripting the tale of gender equality

The issue is already under media glare, thanks to Aamir Khan's powerfully narrated maiden episode of Satyamev Jayate. And now, the district health department has taken it upon itself to sensitise people about female foeticide. The department is organising street plays in 28 villages to change the orthodox mindset of villagers.

india Updated: Jun 04, 2012 00:34 IST
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The issue is already under media glare, thanks to Aamir Khan's powerfully narrated maiden episode of Satyamev Jayate. And now, the district health department has taken it upon itself to sensitise people about female foeticide. The department is organising street plays in 28 villages to change the orthodox mindset of villagers.

The one-hour play, called 'Kokh me Katal' (murder in womb) highlights the importance of females in the society.

The artists talk in the folk dialect to get the message a cross in the plays. "The issue (female foeticide) has always touched me and I wanted to do something for the cause. I discussed the issue with the health department and the Gurgaon commissioner and we decided to stage this play,” says scriptwriter and director Sumesh Sharma.

There are seven artists in the play. They started performing on May 25 and the project will culminate on Tuesday.

As per Census 2011, the sex-ratio in Haryana is 877 females against 1,000 males while that of Gurgaon is even worse -- 853 females against every 1,000 males. The skewed sex-ratio is certainly compelling the authorities to think of strategies to control the menace. "But despite regular advertisements and stringent laws, daughters are still considered a burden and are abandoned," said chief medical officer Dr Parveen Garg.

"We thought it was time to change the mindset of youth. So, with the help of young artists, we are on a mission to educate people about the bad effects of this malpractice. The programme is called IEC (information, education through communication)."

"I don't know what would be the impact of this programme. But even if we are able to change the mindset of just one percent of people, it would be great. We cannot expect change to happen overnight,” he added.