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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Reel tribute to teen envoys of social change - Doordarshan to air films on Unicef schoolgirls who fought child marriage, found freedom of speech


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When 15-year-old Geeta Tantubai of Jamshedpur opposed her marriage last year and made headlines for her grit, she perhaps barely imagined that her story would one day be aired on national television to inspire others.
The life of the Ghorabandha high school ninth grader and that of her partner in crusade for freedom of expression - Arti Sharma, also 15 and a student of Laxminagar middle school - will be featured on Doordarshan next month as a part of Unicef and Prasar Bharati's collaboration to celebrate 25 years of United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The tales of the two girls from the steel city are among 35 "stories of change" spurred by programmes run by Unicef, which also organised an orientation programme on child rights at Karim City College on Wednesday. A day before, it had hosted an annual meet of cub scribes at Jamshedpur Women's College.

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