Students of different schools in the old city were enlightened about the rights of the girl child, and the ways to achieve and exercise them, through a film screening organised by Shaheen Women Resources and Welfare Association here .
Titled ‘Khwab Chune ki Khwahesh’, the film by Sajana Jayaraj and Seema Kurup raised questions about the oppression of the girl children by poor Muslim families, and stressed upon the need for educating girls on par with the boys, and their right to choose their life partner.
The film also brought into debate the practice of selling adolescent girls to Arab Sheikhs who would desert them a few days after the marriage. Qazis and the elders of the community too would benefit through the sale apart from the middlemen and the girl’s parents. Muslim Personal Law has no stipulation against the practice, it pointed out.
The film makers interacted with the students after the screening, and made them present their own views and observations.
The screening was organised to mark the final day of the ‘16 days of activism on violence against women’, and the International Human Rights Day, informed Jameela Nishat, the chief functionary of the Association.