Sunday, June 13, 2010

Andhra Pradesh bans Children Reality Show for Violating Human Rights

The Andhra Pradesh State Human Rights Commission (APSHRC) banned television reality shows involving children.

Various NGOs working on children’s rights filed petitions in April against obscene dances performed by children in reality shows.

According to Justice Subhashan Reddy, Chairman, APSHRC, human rights have been violated by these shows as they affect the mental growth of children and create serious problems.

The commission banned popular dance reality show, “Aata” aired on Zee Telugu Channel.

Mr. Reddy said, "These children don't even know what they are doing and how they are being used. The physical and psychological growth of children continue till 18 years of age and such reality shows are having bad effect on their growth,"

Mr. Reddy allowed channels to submit their arguments against the ban. A public hearing will be conducted on July 3, 2010 on the matter.

On June 12, 2010, APSHRC directed Hyderabad Police Commissioner to stop further broadcasts of reality shows on any TV channels in the state that involves children.

In the dance reality show, “Aata-5” children danced with adult songs which portrayed

them in objectionable manner.

The commission also called for the creation of guidelines for TV programs and reality shows to stop further exploitation of children.

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