Rakhi angers Minister

MUMBAI: Women and child development minister Krishna Tirath has slammed reality show Pati Patni Aur Woh in which celebrity couples take care of babies which are not their own saying producers cannot exploit children.

“For the sake of making a serial, the makers cannot exploit and harass the children,” Tirath said when told that some NGOs have complained to the ministry about the reality show.

“Even though the children’s parents are watching what is happening, the makers cannot separate them from their biological parents,” she said.

Women and Child Development secretary Anil Kumar said the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), an autonomous body that works for child rights, is looking into the matter. “NCPCR has written to the I&B ministry to take action and stop the serial,” he said.

Last week, an NGO made a written complaint against the show. The NGO wrote to Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni, the NCPCR and the labour ministry