Child rights body issues guidelines for protection of child artists in entertainment industry

written by Rajan Nath | June 25, 2022

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has issued draft guidelines for the protection of child artists in the entertainment industry. The guidelines aim to regulate the participation of children in films, TV, reality shows, OTT platforms, news, and content creation for social media.

As per the draft guidelines issued by NCPCR, no infant below the age of three months will be permitted for shows apart from the promotional programmes on breastfeeding and immunisation.

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Likewise, the child artists will not be able to participate in any show that ridicules, embarrasses, or distresses them. The violations include penal provisions that include a jail term of up to three years.

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"No child shall be made to enter into an agreement, by virtue of which the child is required to do any work or render any service as a bonded labourer under the Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act, 1976 or by virtue of which the child is unable to terminate the agreement or enter into any other agreement," the guidelines read.

The guidelines were drafted in consultation with a committee of prominent personalities from the entertainment industry.

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"A minor, especially below the age of six years, shall not be exposed to harmful lighting, irritating or contaminated cosmetics. Every person involved in the production who may be in contact with children shall submit a medical fitness certificate and certificate for not carrying obvious contagious disease before shooting and police verification of such staff shall be done," it said.

"In programmes based on victims of child abuse, the content should be sensitively handled, and the way children are projected should not harm or risk their welfare," the draft note stated.

The produces will be liable for making arrangements for the education of the child besides no assignment would be extended beyond 27 days. The children will get breaks every three hours. No child will work for more than six hours, or between 7 pm and 8 am.

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