Carmelites raise awareness against social evils

Saturday evening shoppers on Church Street got a call for action against social evils from a team of students of Mount Carmel College who performed a street play on various issues.

As part of a college project, about 30 second-year students of BSc dressed in black grabbed the attention of passers-by and raised pertinent questions about child and domestic abuse. Several instances of child abuse were depicted to highlight that the term is not restricted to sexual abuse, but could be psychological too. The girls urged people to speak out against all forms of violence and take the onus of action upon themselves instead of blaming the government.

“Hear the voices, hear the truth, hear the voices of the youth,” they shouted to the cheers of the small audience that had gathered in the street. The second half of the play was on the issue of domestic abuse against both men and women. Surya Manoharan, one of the performers, said, “We wanted to give the message that people should teach their daughters to be individuals first and not someone’s wife.”

Mohan R, an entrepreneur who stopped to watch the performance, said, “I have two daughters. So I feel that it is necessary to raise awareness about violence against women and children.”

Michelle Vaz, a lecturer in the Department of Human Development, said, “Education in colleges prepares students only for work life. It doesn’t prepare them for real-life situations. The intention of this street play was for the students to get practical knowledge of these issues and also share them with the public.”

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