On a day the Delhi High Court allowed NDTV Imagine to continue with its reality TV show Pati Patni Aur Woh, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry issued a show cause notice to the channel for it.
Also on Tuesday, acting on a complaint filed by a lawyer, the Mumbai police registered a case of exposure and abandonment of children against the producers.
The complainant alleged children were being subjected to the harshness and heat of camera and reflector lights for hours during the show.
An NDTV Imagine spokesman told HT: “We are not aware of any such complaint.”
The government’s notice was based on a National Commission for Protection of Child Rights’ (NCPCR) complaint.
The notice came after the ministry’s preview committee headed by Additional Secretary Uday Verma reviewed the show’s contents.
The broadcaster will have to respond to it within 15 days.
The NCPCR issued an interim order on September 30 asking the channel to cease telecast of the show.
However, the Delhi High Court on Tuesday allowed the channel to continue airing it.
Justice Sanjeev Khanna stayed the interim order of the commission, which on September 30 held that the show violated children’s rights. The court also directed the panel to complete its probe quickly and submit a final report.
In Mumbai, lawyer S Kunjuraman, 48, known for securing the release of Ravindra Kantrule, the alleged serial killer nicknamed ‘beer man’, said parents monitoring their children through cameras wasn’t enough.
“ How can parents not react when the child seek their attention. Is it for the ‘currency’ the parents have been paid? The child is treated like a toy,” he said in the complaint.