'Sachi Baath' is a public health initiative to raise awareness about sexual abuse against women and children

The street play which was performed today, 30th August at Khar Danda by a group of youngsters, strongly talks about how sexual abuse on children is growing at a fast rate around us. This play was bought to us by Rohun Dhar, an adolescent himself ,quite beautifully conveyed the message for any common man to get an understanding of sexual abuse performed on children and thus creating social awareness. Through mediums like singing and dancing, this street play caught the attention of many people who were passintg by and pulled a crowd of quite an audience.

This street play was an effort and a voice which was bought out by a handfull of youngsters in order to fight against the cruel act and hence creating an awareness amongst several others around us.

'Sachi Baath' is a global public health initiative designed to use entertaining yet thought provoking street plays to raise awareness around issues of sexual abuse and violence against women and children. A study from the Indian Center for Women and Children quotes 53% of children in India under age 17 have been victim to some form of sexual abuse (2011). Sachi Baath aims to address this alarming issue head on and spark dialogue in communities across India. The first round of shows features dancers, live singers and musicians and kicks off on the streets of Mumbai on Friday 30th.

Written and composed by Rohun Dhar, Sachi Baath brings together accomplished choreographers, dancers and well known singer Sanjivani Bhelande. The troupe will travel across Bombay- find a spot, pop up within minutes, excitedly collect an authentic audience from the street and perform a 10 minute dance drama and encourage a community discussion immediately following the performance. This show features a happy family disrupted by an uncle who sexually abuses their youngest son.  The boy tries to speak up to his mother, she quickly rushes to silence him and pretend the abuse never occurred for fear of judgment by her own community. The boy suffers in silence and the uncle feels he will face no retribution. The mother falls into deep confusion and eventually realizes that she must stand up for her son and finally confronts the uncle and breaks the dangerous silence. The show ends with a dramatic march of young children, half painted head to toe in red paint and the other half in blue paint. During an emotional narration, the audience learns that the 50% of children that are painted red represent the 50% of our young children that are victims of sexual abuse. The moving lyricism, music, narration and striking visuals aim to remind our communities to speak up when they witness abuse in their own families and those around them.