There is always a discussion about the need to leave a better planet for our children, but how about leaving better children for our planet? Children are the future of the nation and it is important for us to protect them from the vices of the society and preserve their innocence from being shattered.
The past few years have seen several horrifying stories of crime and abuse against children coming to light in our country, and the terrifying fact being that the predators in most cases are people related to the victim in some way or the other.
Most of these crimes can be avoided only when the incidents are brought to light and victim shaming is stopped. It is important for us to educate kids about the acceptable behaviors and the need to blow the whistle when they are not comfortable with someone or something. To make this task of educating kids about the various forms of child abuse that they could be vulnerable to and how to stand up against the same, numerous activities are being organized across the globe. The play 30 Days in September is a part of one such awareness drive about child abuse in the country.
About 30 Days in September:
30 Days in September is a play penned by Mahesh Dattani and directed by Lillette Dubey and has run for over a 100 shows, both in India and abroad. The play was originally commissioned by Rahi, which is a Delhi based NGO that supports the victims of incest. It has now become a major of reference for those who wish to understand the ‘hows’ and ‘whys’ of child sexual abuse.
The play revolves around the aspects of the society and how most of us choose to be oblivious of the happenings rather than standing up against the evils. With a story that would stir the hearts, the play begins with introducing a beautiful and intelligent young lady Mira,who cannot help overcome her habit of promiscuously changing her sexual partners every month.
Mira seems to hold resentment for her mother, the reason for which is revealed as the abuse Mira had experienced at the hands of her uncle at a very tender age, which her mother chose to ignore by over feeding the child or by indulging herself in praying to god.
Mira constantly experiences instances of self blame for the incident and is also blamed by her mother stating that all the time, while she was being abused Mira was “asking for it, enjoying it”. Can Mira overcome the trauma of her past or understand why it eventually gave her “pleasure” from being “thrown about?”
The play provides an opportunity for the audience to look into the eyes of the victim and feel the guilt they live with, and understand the confusion that hinders their relationships. This play is now coming to the City of Salt Lake Kolkata as the Fight Back Presents 30 Days in September would take place at G.D. Birla Sabhaghar, 29, Ashutosh Chowdhury Avenue near Birla Mandir on June 29, 2014 from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm.