Provoked by Keenan-Reuben murders, actor-students ask public to care

By Arlene Chang and Parag Shinde

Mumbai: Around 25 students from two divisions of the Rotaract Club — of HR College and Mumbai Mulund South divisions — organised a street play at Dadar station this morning. It's theme: Stand up against eve teasing.

The group — with students who are aged between 18 and 19 — says that the motto of its play was to try and ignite the human spark in people of the city, who oftentimes become indifferent to the society around them in their quest of self. To perpetuate the idea, the group scripted a play that shows that eve teasing can be conquered by collective resistance.

Disturbed and inspired by the incident in Andheri's Amboli in October, where two youth were killed for confronting eve teasers, the group's public relations in charge, Dinesh Sajnani says that the group decided to base an awareness play on the could have been of the incident.

Students of HR College who essayed the play against eve teasing. Parag Shinde/Firstpost

"The skit we performed was related to the incident and in fact based on it. All that we changed was the end, to show that had people intervened, the outcome would be different and the boys would be alive," Sajnani said. "It's about what should happen in a civil and humane society."

For those bystanders and people in Mumbai that are apathetic or fear for themselves, Sajnani has a message.

"We don't raise our voice against such incidents enough and we are not proactive in preventing it because most of us are very scared," he says, adding, "But, our message is that you shouldn't be scared because all that anyone needs to become a collective is one person that will take that initiative. People sometimes just need that push and each one of us can be that push."

Apart from performing at Dadar station's main bridge today, the group performed another skit — showcasing innovative ways of self defence for women — in the ladies compartment of a fast train from Dadar to Churchgate.

The group plans to perform the skit, called "Chhedega toh chhodenge nahi" (If you tease me, I'll fight back), at different locations each month — with the January performance to be held at Mumbai's CST station.

A little over two months ago on 20 October, two Borivli youth — Ruben Fernandes (28) and Keenan Santos (25) were attacked in Andheri with choppers by a group of four youth, after the duo objected to their indecent behaviour towards their girl friends. Keenan died on the spot, while Rueben died in a hospital on 31 October.

Sentos and Fernandes, along with five others, including three girls, had gone to the bar to have dinner and watch a cricket match on a giant screen put up there. When they came out of the restaurant and were standing near a pan-shop, the girls in the group were eve teased.

Following the attack, police nabbed and arrested four youth — identified as Jitendra Rana (25), Sunil Bote (20), Satish Dulgaj (35) and Deepak Tival (19) — in connection with the incident. All four have been booked for murder, attempt to murder and voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons, among others.

Watch the students performing at Dadar station:


Updated Date: Dec 22, 2011 14:55 PM

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