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Covid-19 scare: Supreme Court thinks about ways to safeguard children in

protection homes

The Supreme Court today wanted a second opinion on the National Commission for Protection of Child

Rights’ (NCPCR) recommendation that children lodged in child protection homes should be sent back to

their families. This issue arises because of the fear of children in these homes contracting Covid-19. The

court has sent a notice to the NCPCR for a response.

The bench of Justices J L Nageswara Rao, Hemant Gupta and Ajay Rastogi were hearing a suo motu

petition pertaining to the conditions of child protection homes across the country within this pandemic.

Amicus Curiae Gaurav Agarwal informed the bench that as per the letter issued by the NCPCR, a

recommendation has been made to send back children lodged in child protection homes to their families.

The court, however, refrained from passing a general order, since restoration of children will have to be

made on a case-to-case basis.

Concurring with the bench’s view, Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati sought the bench’s

permission to seek instructions on the above recommendation of the NCPCR.

On September 24, the NCPCR in consultation with the Child Welfare Committees had sent letters to

district authorities of eight states to send back the children lodged in Child Protection Homes back to their

families. This has been opposed by many civil society groups, because they say it violates the Juvenile

Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015.

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