NDTV Imagine's reality television show Pati Patni Aur Woh finds itself mired in controversy with the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights sending a notice to the makers of the show asking them to stop its telecast. They claim that child rights are being violated.
However, NDTV Imagine insists the show will go on.
In a press release, the channel said they were surprised by the notice, as NCPCR has not approached either NDTV Imagine or BBC (the format owner and producer of the show) to seek any clarifications pertaining to their concerns.
NDTV Imagine says the NCPCR went to the media without giving them an opportunity to address any of the issues raised.
The release further states that Pati Patni Aur Woh is an adaptation of BBC's popular format Baby Borrowers and has aired successfully in many countries before. Hence, BBC has full experience in ensuring the safety of the children. The children's parents supervise the proceedings in adjacent rooms throughout the show, and are free to intervene if they perceive the slightest risk to their child.
BBC also has qualified nurses and doctors on call 24X7 for any emergency.
The channel states that it is not in agreement with NCPCR's position and will take all steps to protect its broadcast rights.