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‘Break the silence’ workshop on child sexual abuse held for madrasa teachers

Held in a madrasa, Baitul Uloom, the workshop was one of its kind as the religious institution is known for its conformist ideology often dubbed as rigidity. With a strength of at least 500 students, the madrasa also runs a junior college for Class 11 and 12 students.

pune Updated: Sep 24, 2017 16:53 IST
Shalaka Shinde
Shalaka Shinde
Hindustan Times, Pune
Pune,Child,Sexual
The workshop was organised by Raabta Foundation along with Dnyana Devi Childline, Pune (1098) and Maharashtra Waqf liberation and the protection task, Pune.(HT PHOTO)

A workshop against child sexual abuse was held at the Baitul Uloom madrasa in Kondhwa on Saturday. The workshop was held for the teachers of the madrasa and young as well as senior students also attended the workshop where activist Anuradha Sahasrabudhe of Dnyana Devi Foundation addressed the issue of the silence around child sexual abuse. “Chuppi todo” (break the silence) was the highlight of the interaction.

Held in a madrasa, Baitul Uloom, the workshop was one of its kind as the religious institution is known for its conformist ideology often dubbed as rigidity. With a strength of at least 500 students, the madrasa also runs a junior college for Class 11 and 12 students.

Sahasrabudhe had brought with her a group of artists who performed a play based on real-life stories of children undergoing sexual abuse or physical abuse. “It is very close to our hearts as we have seen and interacted with the real-life subjects of the play,” said Sahasrabudhe. A representative of her organisation echoed similar views.

The play was directed and produced by Saggherr Loadhii, who works for the theatre group, Akanksha Balrangabhoomi.

The hour-long play started with the story of a 12-year-old girl who runs away from her well-to-do family after being sexually abused by a college-going ‘bhaiyya’. The play, then, proceeded to show the story of her ‘abuser’ who tries to justify his actions. The plot, drawn from real cases, then turns to a young girl about to get married, who is trying to tell herself that her uncle will finally stop ‘loving’ her. A young waiter at a roadside eatery narrates his story of losing his appetite after being ‘taken’ by various men to come to his uncle’s hotel for something more than food.

Sahasrabudhe, then, went on to talk about the signs parents and teachers need to look for among children in order to detect signs of sexual abuse.

The workshop was organised by Raabta Foundation along with Dnyana Devi Childline, Pune (1098) and Maharashtra Waqf liberation and protection task, Pune.

First Published: Sep 24, 2017 16:32 IST