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PIL in Delhi HC seeks direction to safeguard interest, provide interim custody of children orphaned due to COVID

Lawstreet Journal 12 May 2021 7:07pm

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The Delhi High Court on Monday, May 10, 2021  issued a notice to the Union of India, the Government of the National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi, the Delhi Police, and other government authorities on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking direction to provide provisional custody of children orphaned due to COVID-19 to their nearest relatives or child care facilities under their monitoring and to protect the identities of these children so that they are not vulnerable or under the risk of being trafficked. 

The petition, moved by Jitender Gupta, practicing lawyer of Delhi, has impleaded Union Of India, Ministry Of Women & Child Development, Ministry Of Health & Family Welfare, Government Of NCT Of Delhi and Delhi Police as party respondents. A division bench comprising of Chief Justice D. N. Patel and Justice Jasmeet Singh directed that the plea be treated as representation and it be decided in accordance with the law, rules, regulations, and government policy applicable to the facts of the case.

Claiming that many children who have lost their parents during Covid-19 are also facing a risk of being trafficked, the plea prays,

" Interim custody of such children be granted to their relatives or to child care homes while also exploring options for legal adoptions after duly scrutinizing all those who have expressed interest to adopt such children."

Additionally, the plea states that considering the urgency of the situation due to the complete collapse of health care infrastructure in national capital resulting in loss of hundreds of lives on a daily basis, the plea was being… Continue Reading...

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