Udupi: The Post Graduate Department of Social Work, St Mary’s College scripted and enacted a street play on Child abuse titled “Makkalu Holeyuva Nakshatragalu” at the recently held children’s day festival “Makkala Habba” at Pilikula, Mangaluru. The district administration of Dakshina Kannada organized the mega children’s day celebrations at Pilikula on 21 and 22 November.
Along with a wide range of activities, a street play to create awareness on the challenges faced by children and the measures to protect them from abuse was presented. During the programme, MSW students performing the street play highlighted ‘POCSO 2012’, ‘J.J Act 2000’, ‘Child Labour Prohibition Act 1986’, ‘Child Line 1098’, ‘Child Welfare Committee (CWC)’, and the ‘Child Protection Unit’, that work for the protection of children.
The street play team performed the act at Pilikula Vamanjoor, Central Railway Station Mangaluru and KSRTC Bus Stand Mangaluru. The public highly appreciated the performance of the students propagating the concern of children through the street play.
Child line 1098 Mangaluru recognized the street play team of St Mary’s College Shirva and provided them the opportunity for the performance. Prof. Vignesh, faculty at the MSW department, scripted and directed the play. Prof. Laxmi Acharya, Prof. Taranath K and Sampath Katti of Child line 1098 coordinated the programme.