Students of The Millennium School presented a 'nukkad natak' (street play) to send across the message that daughters and sons should be treated equally, to mark the National Girl Child Day on Thursday.
The play, titled "Aadhi duniya", was first performed in the school. Later in the week, it will be staged at AlphaOne Mall, Cinepolis and outside the Axis Bank and Court Road in the city.
The play traced the maltreatment of women from Vedic times to the present day. It ended on an optimistic note when all the girls got together to assert themselves.
At DAV Public School, Lawrence Road, students spoke about the declining sex ratio in many states of India. They recited self-composed poems in the morning assembly.
The students also presented a play depicting the situation that will arise if female foeticide is not curbed. The dowry problem and the issues of sexual harassment of women and denial of proper education to them were also discussed in the school assembly. Everyone took a pledge to stand for the rights of a girl child. Posters and slogans were displayed to make the message loud and clear.
Neera Sharma, principal of the school, said, "If we do not act now, it would be too late. The declining sex ratio is one of the reasons for the rise in crimes against women."
Poster exhibition against female foeticide held
Sarhad-e-Punjab Sports Club organised a poster exhibition against female foeticide in the art gallery on Thursday on the occasion of the National Girl Child Day. Chief parliamentary secretary Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu and BJP leader Sukhdev Singh Chahal inaugurated the exhibition.