Play on women’s inheritance rights
LAHORE: Simorgh, a women’s resource and publication centre, staged a play ‘Kholo Surt Mat di Barri’ at the auditorium of Ali Institute of Education, Ferozepur Road, on Friday.
The play staged as interactive theatre had a lot to say about raising awareness on women’s inheritance rights.
Women from areas inside the Walled City, Kot Lakhpat and Gulberg and students from various women’s colleges such as Fatima Jinnah College and Choona Mandi College and boarders of Dastak, a women’s shelter, watched the play.
The production dealt with the issue of women’s inheritance and customary practice of depriving them of their share in inherited properties.
The play was based on research findings done by Simorgh, and it was written and directed by the team working in partnership with producer Huma Safdar, a known figure from the field of interactive theatre.
The script was based on the field situations the team met during their research. The play was the story of five sisters who discussed the issue of inheritance from different points of view. The play highlighted cultural, traditional and emotional aspects used to blackmail women to deny them from their right of inheritance.
Shazia Shaheen, Nazia Hassan, Shazia Azam and Nabila Kazmi were among the cast while Asma Sarwat, Shamsa Husain, Riaz and Haneef were singers and musicians.
Being the interactive theatre, the play provided space to the audience to interact with artists during the performance in order to raise further questions on the issue of women’s inheritance and related matters.
The interactive theatre has always been an effective technique for highlighting the issues needed to be redressed. Before the play, Justice Nasira Javed Iqbal (retired) spoke on the issue of women’s right of inheritance.