In a remarkable gesture on Rakshabandhan, Raell Padamsee, the acclaimed theatrician and founder of The Create Foundation, tied a ‘103 Rakhee’ to Vivek Phansalkar, the Commissioner of Police, Mumbai. This heartfelt act was part of the efforts to amplify the Call 103 Women’s Helpline campaign, emphasizing women’s safety and well-being.
Under the banner of The Create Foundation, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary, Raell Padamsee curated the ‘Rise Up for Equality’ Women’s Festival at the Royal Opera House, Mumbai. With the aim of combatting crimes against women and children, the festival strives to make Maharashtra the safest place for them. Raell Padamsee collaborated with the Mumbai Police, Maharashtra Government, and the Judiciary to drive this initiative.
Vivek Phansalkar, the Commissioner of Police, Mumbai, attended the festival’s second day and accepted a specially-crafted ‘103 Rakhee’ from Raell Padamsee. This symbolic gesture is part of the larger effort to increase the outreach of the 103 Helpline, ensuring quick response from the Nirbhaya Squad in times of distress. The event was also attended by the Nirbhaya Nodal Officers and other dignitaries.
In his address, Vivek Phansalkar acknowledged the importance of Raell’s efforts in conveying essential messages to society through theatre. He emphasized the significance of women’s safety and security, stating that while helplines are crucial, creating an environment where such calls are unnecessary should be the goal.
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The ‘Rise Up for Equality’ Women’s Festival, presented by The Create Foundation and supported by various organizations, featured powerful plays addressing critical issues. The event aimed to create awareness, disseminate information, and amplify schemes and laws focused on the safety of women and children. Raell Padamsee’s commitment to making Maharashtra a safe space for all is evident through her efforts to collaborate with different stakeholders to drive positive change.