NEW DELHI: A group of students from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, organized a street play“Todh Do Yeh Deewarein” (Break these barriers), for the community living at Bhatti Mines on Tuesday evening, May 14. Performed before a gathering of kids and adults, it depicted the restrictions imposed on young daughters of the community, like child marriage, and doing household chores rather than going to schools for proper education. A statement released by IIT Delhi and the students — all members of NSS(National Service Scheme) — says the play also touched upon the heinous practice of domestic violence, which is widespread in this patriarchal community. The play also throws light on how women are largely unaware of the government regulations, that leads them to being underpaid.

Delhi IIT’s NSS teamed up with Delhi Police to teach a group of adult illiterate women at Bhatti Mines, Chhattarpur. The group says that there are repeated cases of domestic violence and even unfortunate cases of suicides committed mostly by the women of the community.

“With the long-term objective of changing the deep-rooted mindset of these people, and make them able enough to find good employment opportunities, NSS IIT Delhi has decided to re-strengthen its effort through a comprehensive and inclusive education model. This project encompasses not only scholarly education, but vocational training and awareness about government schemes benefitting the community,” said the statement.