The moment it was told to the youth coming to the Navjyoti Community College that a forum theatre is being organised which they have to attend, a mixed reaction was seen in the group.
Reaction of the group: All the boys had a smile on their face while girls some sort of anger.
However, both groups felt that boys are responsible for carrying forward the family ("ladka hi vansh chalata hai").
The tea stall owner should discourage boys and take a stand.
The girl should confront them for staring.
Boys should mind their own business.
Group: "Mam, this has been happening since ages and we follow what our parents teach us."
Project head: "Do these gender stereotypes have any implication on our attitude towards boys and girls?
Group: "We don't know."
Another boy: "Girls look up to boys for help… even if they want to lift something heavy, they ask their brothers and fathers."
Immediately, the girls reacted, "No, mam."
Project head: "Can this mean t
hat we don't give our girls opportunity to become strong and that's why they behave like this?"
All girls and boys agreed.
Group: "We don't know… They have been there since ages."
Project head: "Why do you feel that boys are responsible for carrying forward the family name ('vansh')?"
Group: (giggles) "We don't know."
Again the same response: The group didn't know.
Group: "Mam, we don't know."