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The play is political and social satire on middle-class society's hypocrisy [4] . It is set as a play-within-a-play, where a travelling amateur theatre group, makes an unscheduled stop at a village. There to pass time the cast members stage a mock trial, of a fellow cast member, Miss Benare, who is unmarried, sexually exploited and had earlier aborted a child to keep her honour. During the course of the play, she is 'charged' of child abortion (Broon Hatya), and as the charges get more vicious and personal, she can't take them anymore, as she is reminded of her predicament. Finally she breaks down, revealing the true story behind it all, and also the hegemony and hypocrisy of male cast members comes into the light, who like their counterpart in the society are not blameless themselves, while they still find it easy to point fingers at a woman's character. Plot

In it we find a group of teachers who were planning to stage a play in a village. It so turned out that one of the members of the cast did not show up. A local stagehand was asked to replace him. A rehearsal was arranged and a mock trial was staged to make him understand the court procedure. A mock charge of infanticide was leveled against Miss Benare, one of the members of the cast. Then the pretend-play or game suddenly turned into a grim charge and it emerged from the witness that Miss Benare did kill an illegitimate child by Prof. Damle, the missing member of the cast. +

Silence! Court is in Session, a social satire, is set as a play-within-a-play. The plot revolves around the plight of woman Miss Benare who is part of a travelling theatre group. The protagonist is an unmarried and sexually exploited woman. 

The play reflects on the values and beliefs of the society she lives in. According to the co-director of the play, Gaurav Banerjee, “The play has a plot that goes hand in hand with the social cause that we support through our Girl Child Fund.” Neha Vyas, another co-director adds, “Vijay Tendulkar has more than often reflected the values of the society in his plays. In this play too he has portrayed the plight of an exploited woman. We believe little has changed from 1967 to 2009 in the way women are perceived and treated in our country.” 

The group was a “little confused” about choosing the “right play” on the occassion of their 10th anniversary. Even Girish Karnad is a favourite among the troupe members apart from Tendulkar. But they zeroed in on the latter’s work.  It is set as a play-within-a-play, where a travelling amateur theatre group, makes an unscheduled stop at a village. There, to pass time, the cast members stage a mock trial, of a fellow cast member, Miss Benare, who is unmarried, sexually exploited and had earlier aborted a child to keep her honour.

During the course of the play, she is ‘charged’ of child abortion (broon hatya), and as the charges get more vicious and personal, she can't take them anymore, as she is reminded of her predicament. Finally she breaks down, revealing the true story behind what she went through. The hegemony and hypocrisy of male cast members also comes into light. It is the story of Leela Benare who was sexually abused by her maternal uncle at the tender age of 14, and then by her married colleague, whom she truly loved. She now stands trial for abortion -------------------------------------------------

Plot
In it we find a group of teachers who were planning to stage a play in a village. It so turned out that one of the members of the cast did not show up. A local stagehand was asked to replace him. A rehearsal was arranged and a mock trial was staged to make him understand the court procedure. A mock charge of infanticide was leveled against Miss Benare, one of the members of the cast. Then the pretend-play suddenly turned into an accusatory game and it emerged from the witness that Miss Benare did kill an illegitimate child by Prof. Damle, the missing member of the cast. DEPICTION OF...
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