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#FreedomfromViolence on India's Independence Day

In collaboration with Martha Farrell Foundation, PRIA organised events  on 15 August 2016 with youth groups who are part of Kadam Badhate Chalo in Patna, Panipat and Sonipat. The youth pledged #Freedom from Violence, while celebrating India’s 70th Independence Day.

In Panipat, the event was conceived by the students of Namunda Government High School. The event began with flag hoisting, followed by many amazing local dance and song performances by the students. The main highlight of the event was the nukkad natak (street play) on female foeticide performed by the girl students. The event ended with everyone taking an oath to end violence and discrimination against women and girls in their families and society.

In Patna, a painting competition around the theme of “Mahila Hinsa Se Mukti” (Freedom from Violence Against Women and Girls) was organised in which youth from the KBC core group participated. The local MLA, Sanjeev Kumar Chourasia, was invited to address the youth and distribute the prizes. Boys and girls also played the game Musical Chairs, developing comfort and ease in normal, everyday interactions between them.

At P.S. Public School in Sonipat, middle and high school students participated in the celebration. Hoisting the Indian flag was followed by dance and song performances by the students. Students from classes 7 to 10 participated in a drawing competition. Both boys and girls were asked to draw what freedom signifies for them. The drawings were very interesting, and the best among them were awarded prizes.

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