The B.V. Karanth auditorium in Dasara Exhibition grounds here was a scene of hectic activity this morning as nearly 1,000 students from seven taluks in the district presented cultural programmes highlighting the ill effects of social evils like child labour, child marriages, dowry harassment and other related menaces to create awareness among citizens.

Speaking at the “Meena Mela” organised by the Department of Public Instruction, Dy. Director B.K. Basavaraj said that Meena teams consisting of three women Class II officers had been formed in each taluk to visit schools, collect information on cases of harassment being meted out to students, teachers and other staff members and undertake remedial measures to ensure that harassed persons would not to resort to acts like suicides which is increasingly being reported in the district.

Narrating the aims of the team, the DDPI said that the primary aim of launching the programme was to bring school dropouts into the mainstream and stop them from indulging in acts like child labour and added that each team would consist of 10 girls and 5 boys. He added that such teams have been established in 950 schools in the district.

Karnataka Higher Education Examination Board Divisional Secretary K.Anand, Asst. Director of Govt. Teachers Training Institute Zohra Zabeen, DIET Asst. Director Malla Shetty, BEO Ramaradhya, Child Welfare Officer Sudha and others were present.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore