BY- NIVEDITA KUMARI
In these tough times in pandemic, no doubt we are losing our own people everywhere around the world and we are sorry for them. We also cannot do anything because the situation is not in our hands. But at the same time, we can also do the things which are still in our control like, for those children who had lost their parents and now became orphans.
The Supreme Court did great work in this regard and directed the states and UTs. “The state and the UTs to make provisions for the continuance of education of the children both in the government as well as in the private schools,” a bench of Justices L.Nageswar Rao and Aniruddha Bose ordered.
The advocate Gaurav Agarwal, acting as amicus curiae (friend of the court), raised the issue of children, those children who have lost their parents may discontinue their education because of lack of funds, family care, or support.
Mr. Agarwal had recommended the court to intervene and direct the states to make sure that the children impacted by the pandemic continue to study in the same school. He said that the states should be asked to pass directions that even children studying in the private schools should continue for at least the next six months until further arrangements could work out.
“After the identification of the children who have become orphans or lost one parent, prompt action has to be taken to provide the basic needs of the children. The District Child Protection Officer should act swiftly to contact the child. The District Child Protection Units shall ensure that adequate provision is made for the ration, food, medicines, clothing, etc to the child,” the bench said.
After accepting the suggestions by the amicus curiae Mr. Gaurav, the court directs the state government and UTs to make the required provisions for the continuance of the education of children in both government and private schools.
The top court also directed the authorities to take action against those NGOs or individuals who were indulging in illegal adoptions of such children affected during the pandemic. In a detailed order in Suo Motu matter, the bench directed the state governments and the UTs to continue identifying the children who have lost a parent after March 2020 either due to Covid-19 or otherwise and provide the data on the website of the NCPCER (National Commission for Protection of Child Rights) without any delay.
The bench further said that it would examine other issues related to the covid-19 which has impacted children, including the protection of their property rights, their future education, and employment opportunities, and special care to be taken in the case of the girl child. These issues would be taken up in the next hearing on June 27.
This step of the top court is really appreciable and heart wining step towards the welfare of those poor children and also for the betterment of the society. Because those children are the future of our nation and we need to protect them from involving in any kinds of hazardous or illegal activity.