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The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting sent an advisory to the private TV channels earlier this week and asked them to “desist from showing children in a vulgar, indecent, suggestive and inappropriate manner on dance reality shows.”
It further stated, “The gestures, the dialogues and dance moves that kids perform in certain dance shows appear to be suggestive and obscene for their age.” Some viewers complained that the dance moves appeared to be obscene for children’s age. As a result, from a kids reality show, some dance performances were brought to the notice of the I&B Ministry.
Also, in the year 2012, The Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC) had issued an advisory in context to “sexualization of children in TV shows”. At that time, they asked all member channels of Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF) to “refrain from featuring children below the age of 12 years in any situation that has sexual or adult overtones.”
The judges of children’s dance shows admit that they face such problems when they review the performances. But in these last seven years, there’s not much improvement in this context.
“We have already sent the advisory to all the private TV channels. We had to take this step as we received a number of complaints regarding kids’ performances in dance reality shows. It is just a general advisory and we have not gone into specific instructions. We want the channels to ensure that the performances are decent,” an official from I&B Ministry said.
A BCCC official said, “We asked channels to stop kids from imitating gestures that appeared to be vulgar or sexual. Performances on songs like ‘Chikni Chameli’ and ‘Kanta Laga’ drew a lot of criticism, following which the advisory was sent.”
“With regard to the advisory issued by I&B Ministry, as a responsible broadcaster, we comply with the guidelines of the National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights and the advisory of BCCC on the participation of children on TV shows. All parties involved in the production of our shows have been made aware of the importance of compliance and adhere to do the same diligently.”
Many celebrity judges of different dance reality shows shared their views on the same.
Ashley Lobo, who was a judge on India’s Dancing superstar said, “It needs to be monitored at the conception level. Also, since the costumes and the songs affect the overall look of the choreography, the choices must be age appropriate.”
“During the auditions, I told so many kids not to imitate adults’ expressions and moves. I don’t know if those were aired or not, but I have been saying this to a number of contestants,” says Anurag Basu, who is a judge on Super Dancer 3.