The Juvenile Justice Committee of the Supreme Court of India in coordination with UNICEF held a review meeting and took stock of actions taken by various states on child care, protection and well-being of children during the second Covid-19 wave.
They deliberated upon the possible measures and actions need to be taken to ensure every child in need gets appropriate care and protection during this difficult time. The review meeting was held with the Chairpersons and Members of Juvenile Justice Committees of various High Courts.
Justice S. Ravindra Bhat, Judge, Supreme Court of India and Chair of the Supreme Court Juvenile Justice Committee, emphasized the need to step up measures to ensure better care, protection, and well-being of children. The chairperson said some children have lost either one or both parents to Covid-19 and there are children without parental supervision and care when their parent/s are in hospital or under medical care. These children are more vulnerable now than ever before. Concerted efforts should be made by all key stakeholders to ensure the care and protection of children during the second wave of Covid.