SI Helena – Trafficking of Young Girls and Child Labour Street Dramas – Oct 2011
At our October dinner meeting we watched a DVD of street dramas from Kolkata in India. Our club had been eagerly awaiting this DVD as we had donated funds to our Friendship Link SI Kolkata to assist in the making of these plays.
The street plays were on the topics of the trafficking of young girls and child labour. There were two separate story lines. The first was where a father sent his child off to another town to work as they were so poor it was a burden on the family to keep them at home.
The second was where a father married his young daughter off to an older man that he had never met for a sum of money.
The actors attracted large crowds on the street and encouraged them to be involved by asking them questions such as “is this the right decision”.
The plays concluded with both children being rescued and the parents being advised that it is illegal to send their children off.
It was great to finally see the plays that went for approximately 20 minutes. Two members from our club had been working tiwht SI Kolkata and SI South Kolkata to prepare these presentations to educate the public on the issues surrounding these topics.
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