Notices to TV shows featuring children
Govt questions producers about working environment of child artistes,
following 'reports of children performing even when they were tired and
By Santosh Andhale
Posted On Monday, December 15, 2008 at 02:11:19 AM
The state government has sent notices to producers of TV shows
featuring children, asking if they are providing the youngsters with a
comfortable work environment.
|Avika Gaur in 'Balika Vadhu'. TV has seen a spurt in serials featuring children
have been several reports of children performing even when they were
tired and stressed. We want to know if there is any violation of laws
while shooting with children," sources in the state government said.
in the state Labour Commissioner's office said, "Notices under the
Child Labour Act were sent on Friday to several channels for shows that
have children as performers.
These include Colors for 'Balika
Vadhu', 'Chhotey Ustaad' and 'Uttran', Zee TV for 'Chhota Package Bada
Dhamaka' and 9X for 'Chak De Bacche'."
Labour Minister Nawab
Malik said notices have been issued but insisted he didn't have the
details. "Action will be taken if there are any violations," he said.
Vadhu' producer Sanjay Wadhva, however, denied getting any notices.
"They may have sent notices, but we haven't received anything yet. I
can't comment beyond this," he said.
Santosh Shinde, project director of Bal Prafullata, an NGO working for
children's rights, is happy that the government has finally woken up.
Sparsh Khanchandani in 'Uttran'
said, "We are not against children performing in school gatherings.
They need to express themselves artistically. We are against commercial
exploitation of young minds and bodies.
The state government's action has come after the National Commission for Child Protection took a tough stand on this issue."
issue of children featuring in films or television was discussed at a
two-day workshop on labour laws in New Delhi last week.
Union Women and Child Development Minister Renuka Chaudhary was very
keen on the issue and, sources said, it is possible the Centre too may
independently seek explanations from TV channels.