Just chek the excerpts from featured link http://rajanshahi.india-forums.com/2009/04/41-and-heres-welcoming-mr-ravi-rai.htm given at the top of our DM index page ! Whats your opinion regarding child labour ?
Do you think only the producers and TV channels are responsible for Child labor, Mr. Minister? - Mr. Ravi Rai
So, child labor is a new face. A new issue. And that's refreshing. That's the topic that is disturbing and I want to write about.
But I think, more than the Channels and the producers, doesn't the law say that it must penalize and reprimand the parents who are eager to push their children into this business of gloss, shimmer, fame and money at any cost? Whether television, films or advertising, these parents are so keen just to have the glimpse of their child on the display and flaunt themselves and parade the child to the relatives and friends. They are just fanatic about it. I am a producer myself and I know the kind of stress and anxiety my office has to take from these parents of these children. Mr. Minister, you should just once come to the auditions and sit there for a while. You cannot scale the desire and dream of these parents for their children to act. They can give away their right arm neatly wrapped and packed up to you like a birthday gift if you just promise them a glimpse of their child on the medium. Mr. Minister, you'll realize that the casting couch pressures would seem like a pilgrimage as compared to the pressures of these parents. One set of parents have horrified my life. They are almost doing 'Cape fear' on me. Despite telling them that I do not have a children show right now, they still mail to me, call me at my office, my residence and also my cell. And that too at odd hours. How do you deal with that? Does law take any actions on their movements? How does any labor law curb their animated excitement?
Isn't it the duty of the parents to ensure the education of their children? I think each parent deserves to do that and should do that. As a parent, I don't force my children or allow them to work as a child artist. And even if they want to, I shall myself put a fence to the clock. It is in my own hands. If I put my foot down and tell the channel that these are the timings and the schedules, they will have to abide by it. No one forces anyone to give in and neither are the channels forcing themselves into their private territory. It is no kind of a rape that the channels and the producers are being accused of. If the parents are making their child overwork then law has to take a course on them. I am sure the labour law does not pertain only to children. What about the adults who work more than 8 hours and more than 12 hours. It's stressing, unhealthy, and the intake of drugs and caffeine to keep them stirring and energetic. It unquestionably invites strain, nervous tension, anxiety, heart diseases and breakdowns. Aren't adults also a cause of concern? You must be having people around you who work round the clock and it's time to ponder on that as well as a labor minister
Now well one would debate and say that it is for money they work. Right.. But then why not ban the child labor completely? Why have an elasticity to the whole issue?
Edited by angie.4u - 20 April 2009 at 3:49am