A street play on safe netbanking was Sunday’s highlight at Raahgiri, the weekly morning festival that asks Ranchi residents to choose fun over fuel for at least two hours.
College students enacting the 30-minute street play taught the motley crowd of around 200 at Albert Ekka Chowk how to transfer money via netbanking but do so safely, without giving away PIN, credit card and debit card details to anyone.
Organised jointly by Cyber Peace Foundation and IPS Officers’ Wives’ Association, and directed by city-based Deepak Lohar, the street play was both relevant and interesting.
“We thought of staging this street play to create awareness about the benefits of netbanking and caution people against sharing personal banking information with anyone. This had not been done through a play so far,” Vineet Kumar, founder of Cyber Peace Foundation, said. “We also plan to translate the play into different tribal and regional languages and take it to villages too,” he added.
Organisers also distributed leaflets with security tips for students and parents.
The leaflets warned students against sending photographs to unknown people via internet and sharing passwords of emails, bank accounts, Facebook and Twitter with anyone.
Parents were advised to ensure that children do not open emails or files sent by unknown people.
This apart, Raahgiri had its usual quota of activities such as cycling, cricket, yoga and cultural shows.
In all, over 500 people attended Sunday’s festival held on the 500-metre stretch on Main Road near Albert Ekka Chowk.
Ranchi Municipal Corporation and the local administration have been organising Raahgiri since last year. For the past month, it is regularly being held every Sunday morning between 6am and 8am, during which time people, including families, shun vehicles on the stretch of the road and instead participate in a variety of fun activities.