Posted: 20 December 2008 at 1:21pm
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team from the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR)
inspected sets of several television programmes on Friday. Themove came days
after the government issued legal notices to TV producers seeking details of
children working in serials.
Senior NCPCR members, who visited the
sets of Balika Vadhu on Friday, seemed satisfied with the environment in which
the children were working. She said, "All the children on the sets were happy
and the work environment was very nice. They were also studying in between their
This, however, would not stop the NCPCR from chalking out
guidelines for using children in films, serials and advertisements. "We want
children to have a balanced life, which will give them time for education and
healthy personality development,'' a member said.
The commission has
been working on the guidelines for the last eight months. "We are not talking
about children being exploited on the sets, but we do feel that children's
rights are getting curbed. We will, hopefully, be able to finalise the
guidelines in two months,'' said Sandhya Bajaj, a member.
also visited the sets of reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, refused to comment on the
work environment. "There were a lot of children on the sets and we spoke to
them. We have made our observations and those will be reflected in the
guidelines we are working on.''
Bajaj said the team had not decided
on fixed working hours for children. "But I have seen the practical problems
that crop up during shooting,'' she said.
Bajaj stressed the need for
the ambulances, doctors and counsellors during shoots. "There will be rules for
parents as well as guidelines for those judging reality shows.''
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