NCPCR releases draft guidelines for protection of child performers in entertainment industry – Jammu Kashmir Latest News | Tourism

NEW DELHI, June 25: To protect child performers in the entertainment industry, the NCPCR has drafted guidelines stating that no minor should work more than 27 consecutive days and that 20% of the child’s earnings should be be deposited in a fixed account. deposit account.
The draft “Regulatory Guidelines for the Participation of Children in the Entertainment Industry” covers television programs, including reality shows, television series, news and informational media, films, content on platforms OTT and social media, performing arts, advertising or any other type of involvement of children in commercial entertainment activities.
The National Commission for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (NCPCR) draft guidelines aim to protect child artists from physical and psychological stress while ensuring a healthy working environment.
It requires producers to obtain permission to involve a child in a shooting from a magistrate in the district where the shooting is to take place and put a disclaimer on the steps taken to ensure that the child has not been the victim of abuse or exploitation.
The draft specifies that no child should be allowed to work for more than 27 consecutive days. The child must work one shift a day with a break every three hours and not be required to enter into an agreement to perform service as a bonded laborer under the Labor System Act 1976 servitude (abolition).
The producer must ensure that the school education of the children involved in the filming will not be affected. A child excused from school attendance due to involvement in the entertainment industry must be taught by a private tutor appointed by the producer, the draft directive says.
At least 20% of the income that the child derives from the production or the event must be directly deposited in a fixed term account in a nationalized bank in the name of the child to be credited when he becomes an adult.
The guidelines also prohibit a child from being placed in an inappropriate or distressing role or situation while stating that age, maturity, emotional or psychological development and sensitivity should be considered.
Production units must ensure that the working environment is safe and that children are not exposed to harmful lighting, irritating or contaminated cosmetics.
Care should be taken to ensure that facilities are appropriate for the age and needs of each child and that they should not share changing rooms or bedrooms with adults, especially of the opposite sex.
Children should not be exposed to ridicule or behavior that could affect their emotional health. Children should not be shown drinking alcohol, smoking or engaging in antisocial activities and delinquent behavior, according to the draft guidelines.
According to her, no child should be engaged in a situation involving nudity and programs based on victims of child abuse should be treated with sensitivity.
“Media and production companies must ensure that child victims of rape, other sexual offences, trafficking, drug abuse, runaways, organized crime and children used in armed conflict…are guaranteed lifelong anonymity. »
The draft mentions strict penal provisions, including fines and imprisonment for violations of the guidelines. “In the absence of any monitoring mechanism, children in the industry are at serious risk of exploitation because they do not have the legal right to the income they generate, nor safe working conditions and adequate protection. through labor law.
“Participating in an adult-oriented industry, children are often exposed to inappropriate, anxiety-provoking and sometimes dangerous risks and operational situations,” the project says.
Although several laws are in place, there are no specific regulations or rules for the protection of child artists in the adult-dominated industry. (PTI)
“Therefore, the NCPCR observed the need to develop guidelines, especially for children involved in movies, television, reality shows, OTT platforms, news and content creation for websites. of social media so that there can be some sort of easily understandable procedure for all stakeholders involved to raise awareness of the repercussions of violating any child right,” the document states.
Since the last guidelines issued by the panel in 2011, many changes have been made to related laws. In addition, some new laws have been enacted to protect children from crimes under the Juvenile Justice Act 2015, the Child Labor Amendment Act 2016, the protection of children against sexual offenses and rules relating to information technology (intermediate guidelines and code of ethics for digital media). , 2021.
“Therefore, the need to place other platforms within these guidelines has been realized,” the project says. (PTI)

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