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New Delhi : The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has extended the last date for receipt of entries for its first ‘Street Theatre Festival and Awards Scheme-2018‘ by 10 days from July 31 to August 10, 2018. This is the final extension and no entries will be entertained after 5 pm on August 10, 2018.

The aim is to recognize, encourage and promote the creative methods of the Indian citizens for communication through street plays to build awareness about the protection and promotion of human rights. The inaugural run of the competition is open for the participation of the college theatre groups as well as registered theatre groups of Delhi-NCR region with their street plays in the contemporary spoken Hindi only.

The groups whose street plays will be shortlisted for performance will be paid Rs 25,000 each to meet various expenditures towards the production cost etc apart from the participation certificates. Besides this, the three best performances for the first, second and third positions will be given the prize money of Rs 1 lakh, Rs 60,000 and Rs 40,000 respectively along with certificates and trophies, according to an NHRC release.

The themes of the street plays could be broadly based on various socio-economic, cultural and political rights within the ambit of right to life, liberty, equality and dignity and covering issues specific to bonded and child labour, women & children’s rights, rights of elderly persons, disabled rights, right to healthcare, issues of fundamental freedoms, human trafficking, domestic violence, human rights violation due to police atrocities, custodial violence and torture, socio-economic disparities, rights of indigenous people, prison reforms, right to education, right to clean environment, right to work, right to equality before law, right to food and nutritional security, various human rights violations and their redressal mechanism.

The NHRC is completing its silver jubilee in 2018 hence street plays may also be educative and informative about the human rights violations and their redressal mechanism in the country and challenges facing those involved in the promotion and protection of human rights.

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