The Information and Broadcasting ministry is examining a complaint from the Women and Child Development ministry of child abuse in NDTV Imagine’s new reality show Pati Patni Aur Woh.
An adaptation of international reality show Baby Borrowers, the programme has five famous TV couples trying to raise a child.
One of the couples is Rakhi Sawant and Elesh Parujanwala who had chosen to get married on another reality TV show.
“We are examining a complaint received from Women and Child Development ministry on Wednesday,” said an I&B ministry official, who was not willing to be quoted.
Earlier in the day, Women and Child Development ministry secretary Anil Kumar said they had forwarded various objections received from the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) and the NGOs alleging that the show amounted to child abuse.
"New-born kids are shown crying as the celebrity couples are not able to take care of them," Kumar said. He said the NCPCR was a government body created for protection of child rights and had all rights to object abuse of children on television.
Women and Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath too dubbed the programme as wrong as the infants were not with their biological parents. The I&B ministry is expected to issue a show cause notice to NDTV imagine on allegations made in the complaint.