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Ambika Soni okays child actors for television


Pallavi Ghosh,CNN.com
Jul 11, 2009 at 09:27pm IST

New Delhi: Information and Broadcasting minister Ambika Soni has disagreed with the Maharastra government’s notices to production houses for featuring child artistes as a violation of child labour laws.

Soni has argued that the final decision lay with the parents.

Soni says, “The parents should be the best judge of what their children should do and if they have no problems and their studies are not interfered, I don’t see what other problem could have come up.”

The issue of children acting in TV serials has been one of intense debate. Child rights activists point out that the long and erratic schedules and pressures of work affect a child's education and health.

It was under pressure from them that the Maharastra government had said that legal action could be taken against these producers for not complying with child act.

Meanwhile, Ambika's word of caution comes as saying, “As long as health and education concerns are kept in mind, it’s okay for kids to put make up on.”

A line of thought which has given reason to producers to breathe easy.

Producer of Baa Bahoo Aur Baby JD Majethia says, “Parents want their children to work because they learn so much on the sets.

The I&B minister doesn't want childless serials but that doesn't mean she is giving the producers a free hand, her message: take care of health and education and there's no bar in hiring child artists.

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