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