Kissa Maujpur Ka

“Kissa Maujpur Ka”, the word Mauj here refers to a village’s celebration of getting to keep only Male child and aborting female child. Oblivious to the consequences, villagers are at their peak of happiness on being surrounded by only baby boys. As time passes by and the boys reach marriageable age, there is no female left in the village. Although this is set in a village, our scenario in the class was not much different. The director was fortunate to choose this play as our number became 2 from 6 females in a class of 23 boys. The Sex ratio in India was almost normal during the phase of the years of the Independence, but thereafter it started showing gradual signs of decrease. India is among top ten countries for having more male population than female population. In India, the worst hit district is Haryana’s Jhajjar with a ratio of 774 females to 1000 males. No nation, society or community can hold its head high and claim to be the part of civilized world if it condones the practice of discrimination against one half of the community. Declining sex ratio is a silent emergency. But the crisis is real, and its persistence has profound and frightening implications for society and the future of humankind. India is the most dangerous place in the world for a girl child to be born. India and China are the only two countries in the world where female infant mortality is higher than male infant mortality in the 2000s. There are multiple factors behind the trend of declining sex ratio. Sex selection and medical technology is misused in India for detecting the sex of unborn child. Female foetuses are identified and aborted. Many studies have shown that Pre Natal Sex Determination is the main reason of low sex ratio in India followed by abortion of female foetuses. Dowry is one of the main causes of low sex ratio. The trend of taking and giving of dowry which takes place mostly in educated and upper class homes can be discouraged by laws. Our play is a satirical take on the heinous crime of female foeticide and stresses on the importance of having a girl child. Find out what happens when you manipulate nature, would the villagers realise their mistakes and accept the girl child? Come and Watch!

Date 9/8/2018 Time 21:00 Venue Convention Centre, JNU Directed Tarique Hameed

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