In an attempt to make eve-teasing and sexual harassment a thing of the past, youngsters from Ruia College, Pendharkar College, MD College, Dyan Sadhna College, Madhvi College and Ruparel College are putting together a play called Chhed Chhad Kyun.
The students, some staying as far as Virar and Badlapur, gather at Gokhale Municipal School at Dadarn (W) every evening after classes and rehearse till 9pm. The students have also penned down their own experiences in the 70-minute-long play, which is being directed by playwright Manjul Bhardwaj, the founder and head of The Experimental Theatre Foundation.
Bhardwaj is known for raising awareness about issues such as female foeticide and domestic violence with his plays around the world. He said, “I decided to take up this issue when I felt that young boys need to be sensitised about eve-teasing and sexual harassment, as they remain unaware that their fun hurts women, and especially young girls, who suffer silently.”
The show will be launched at Ravindra Natya Mandir on September 28, after which it will be presented at various colleges in the city, and at commercial theatres as well.
Lavesh Sumbhe, who completed his BCom from Dnyan Sadhna College, Thane, who indulged in eve-teasing in the past, is now a changed person. “I enjoyed the fun and also had an impression that girls, too, enjoy the attention. But my perception changed when I started rehearsing for this play,” said Lavesh, who is participating in it along with 17 other youngsters, of which eight are women.
Shubham Mehta, 15, an FYJC student of Ruparel College, although young, is aware about the issue thanks to the sensitisation sessions held before rehearsal.