Mehreen Jabbar’s drama serial on child marriage Rehaii has hit the airwaves again, but this time as a radio drama.
Rehaii was Kashf Foundation’s first TV project, and the NGO hopes that the drama’s radio version will penetrate areas where the issue of child marriage persists the most.
The drama serial which was previously aired on television highlights the stories of real-life Kashf clients, of the problems they face and have overcome with support for Kashf’s microfinance services.
Adeel Hashmi, who directs the radio version of Rehaii, says that radio is one of the “many new, modern tools to fight primitive human problems.”
“There are artists who work to entertain audiences, and then there are those artists who attempt to change something in society. Rehaii brought together artists who wanted to highlight important social issues,” Hashmi added.
Rehaii features the voices of Samiya Mumtaz, Saad Khalid, Azra Apa, among others.
Though laws have been passed, “early/underage marriages are still considered a normal phenomenon in most parts of Pakistan and limited data only presents a grim picture. Many cases go unreported and they are only increasing day by day,” it stated in the press release.
“With many living below poverty line and those with limited resources, a child marriage is often seen as a way to provide for a daughter’s future. However, girls who marry young have higher chances of remaining poor,” the statement added, saying 71% of early marriages in Pakistan take place in rural areas with stats showing that 1 in 10 girls is already a mother or is pregnant between the ages of 15 and 19.
Rehaii now airs on Radio Pakistan FM 101
Currently, Rehaii can only be heard in Lahore, Islamabad, Sialkot, Faisalabad and Multan, every Monday at 11.35am. The episodes are 15 minutes long, and repeat at the same time on Friday.
The episodes are also available on Kashf Foundation’s Sound Cloud account after they are aired.