This Ganesh festival,the Sai Nath Mandal Trust at Budhwar Peth aims to spread awareness against child abuse. Over these 10 days,we will conduct a variety of plays and an exhibition of posters and newspaper articles at our pandal to highlight this issue, said Piyush Ramesh Shah,working president at Sai Nath Mandal Trust.
There are paintings on display that demonstrate how children must protect themselves against sexual abuse. The paintings have been done by Amit Dhane,who is a friend of Shah. We do our children wrong by not listening to them or just taking what they say lightly. We need to have conversation with them and educate them about what it is appropriate and what is offensive, says Shah.
The second play that we have prepared is about a boy who is molested by his uncle. His parents do not believe him and this brings about disastrous consequences. The message that we want to send out is for all parents to take care of their children,believe them and keep an eye out for something that might affect them and spoil their childhood, he added. The short plays are informative yet entertaining with a mix of dance,song and dialogues. During this festive season,even though we want to spread a social message,we do not want to make coming to our pandal a sombre experience. We want people to be entertained as well as informed and educated on such issues. For this,we have decided to infuse an element of song and dance in our plays, he added.