In the wake of complaints against a popular television program `Kuttipattalam’ aired by Surya TV, Kerala State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (KeSCPCR) has advised the channel to stop the show. Adhering to the advisory, channel withdrew the programme from air and even agreed to remove previous episodes from the online version.
Anchored by comedy artist and channel host Subi Suresh, the program Kuttipattalam earned popularity among the viewers. In her conversation with the children seated on a podium, the anchor elicited innocent remarks from the little cherubs and it conveyed humour with her quick wit and aptly timed quips. Though enticing show for mini screen lovers, it irked a section of the audience as the innocent remarks of children were spiced up with intonations and witty interludes by the anchor that evokes the child further to divulge the private matters of the family in all their charm.
A petitioner Hashim Kolampan from Malappuram in his complaint indicates that the program Kuttipattalam is making use of the innocence of children in a wrong way to increase the show ratings. In this show with the support of the trained anchor, the program extracts the happenings of a family which has to be their private matters. They are exploiting the innocent minds of the children to expose all the private matters of a family publicly and thereby trying to increase the viewership. He also indicates that with double meaning dialogues and misusing the children talks, they are bringing out the most secret matters of a family which disrupts the functioning of any Keralite family. It also affects the innocent minds of the participating children and those watching it.
Based on the complainant and the version of child psychologist and psychiatrist, such programs can develop a negative opinion among children that anything can be spoken out. The children are below seven years and cannot differentiate or recognise between what to be said or left unsaid. The children also become affected due to the comedian’s way of dual meaning questions. Even before the Commission sent a directive to make amendments or to end the program, the producer of the program Kuttipattalam in Surya TV had stopped the show.KeSCPCR member Glory George
Commission member Adv J Sandhya said that based on a complaint received against the television program Kuttipattalam, the producer of the program in Surya TV was summoned and advised to make changes or to stop it. The program producer has gone through the complaint and he has decided to stop the program. Any program that is not in the interest of the child or affects the child has to be perceived as a violation of the child rights.