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Action to protect child artists appreciated

india Updated: Dec 23, 2008 21:48 IST
Pradip Kumar Maitra

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) expressed its appreciation of the steps taken by the Maharashtra government to prevent abuses of children's rights in tele-serials. The NCPCR is known for her pioneering work on the child rights in the country.

The state government had earlier sent show cause notices to producers of various popular tele-serials, including Balika Badhu, Chhote Ustad and Uttaran. These notices were sent under the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act 1986, Juvenile Justice Act (care and protection of Children) 2006 and the Indian Penal Code.

"The NCPCR appreciates the strong stand the Maharashtra government has taken to protect children's rights. We think it is very important that children's comfort, well-being and overall growth must not be compromised in the name of talent search and other popular acts which are violative of their rights," the NCPCR chairperson, Shantha Sinha said in the letter.

The Commission also requested a report from the state government in this regard. "We would very much appreciate if copy of your directives is sent to the commission in view of the fact that the commission is also working on the same issue. We would like to take this agenda forward in rest of the country based on your experience in the matter," the letter said.

Talking to Hindustan Times, the Maharashtra minister for Labour, Nawab Malik said that his department would send a report in this regard to the commission by end of this month. "In spite of criticism by a section of producer's community over the action taken by the government, our stand has been fully vindicated by the letter of appreciation we have received by commission," Malik pointed out. Moreover, the commission said that the Maharashtra's example should be emulated by other states of the country, he pointed out.