Vrindavan 2016.04.22 (FFLV): Recently at Sandipani Muni School (SMS), Vrindavan, the Principals in collaboration with several teachers and the students from various classes organized a program of legal awareness by the name of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (Translated from the Hindi means “Save your daughters and educate them”). They had a similar program in 2014, aimed at informing young girls about the still present issues of child marriage, the protection of women, the importance of education and general advice in case any of these issues are there to be confronted.
SMS Management invited several guests from different Government organizations and local legal entities. Respected guests such as Pavan Shrivatsava (Judge and Secretary District Legal Service Authority of Mathura), Mukesh Gautam (Chairman of Vrindavan Municipal Corporation), Mukesh Saraswat (Head of Village Panchayat), Pratibha Sharma (Child Welfare Committe Mathura District), Uma Shankar Sharma (Social Welfare officer of Mathura), Shyam Nishad, Vinita Sharma, Deepika Singh and Sheil Kishori (Bhagavatam priest).
Following a scheduled program which started with the Welcome song to the Guests, the girls from different classes began their range of performances which varied, from Odissi dances to yoga acrobatics and martial arts (karate), patriotic or devotional songs and dance numbers with a Bollywood twist to it, and concluded with a stage drama that illustrated the theme of the program.
Towards the end of the program, guests were invited on stage where they addressed the students giving them general advice regarding child marriage, who to contact in case they have to deal with either parents or relatives who are trying to arrange for them to be married while in their puberty, the existence of laws towards their protection, etc.
Such cases are becoming rarer nowadays due to these programs taking place and due to the level of education and support available to these girls. Sandipani Muni school and Food for Life Vrindavan have always been and will always be at the forefront of dealing with the protection of women and girls in particular.
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