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SUPREME COURT ASKS FOR REPORT OF THE CONDITIONS OF MIGRANT CHILDREN FROM ALL THE STATES

Team SoOLEGAL 15 Apr 2021 4:33pm

SUPREME COURT ASKS FOR REPORT OF THE CONDITIONS OF MIGRANT CHILDREN FROM ALL THE STATES

Recently, Supreme Court has delivered judgment regarding the migrant children. Taking into consideration the prior lockdown, numerous migrant people have faced a lot of hindrances, but the most affected were the migrant children. The court has distinguished migrant children into three divisions. The court stated that “Migrant children are of three categories – children of migrant workers who are left behind in their villages, children who are taken by the migrant families with them and migrant children who migrate for labour of their own. All these children have been the most vulnerable during this time and have been worst affected.” 

The bench comprising Chief Justice of India SA Bobde, and Justices AS Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanianresponded to the plea filed by Child Rights Trust and a Bangalore resident and took a stand on the fundamental rights of the migrant children amidst this pandemic. 

As the number of cases and the possibility of lockdown is increasing, a huge swarm of migrant workers is eager to return to their homes. During the previous lockdown the most severely affected people were these migrant workers and among them were the migrant children. The pandemic had an unequal and biased impact on migrant children and made their condition more vulnerable. The most concerned areas are hazardous living conditions, food security, protection, education, and above all health facilities. Despite these conditions, the children were still working in factories like rice mills, construction sites to help their parents with their daily expenses. 

These conditions were neither addressed by the government nor any steps were taken to eradicate these conditions. Thus, this plea said, “The unprecedented lockdown, the ensuing migrant crisis and the subsequent effect of the same on migrant children and their fundamental and human rights is conspicuous and ongoing crises.” 

As the exact number of affected children was missing, in the light of the above-mentioned reasons, the supreme court ordered the states and the union to provide the number as well as the conditions of the children. The court will hear the plea again after four weeks. 



Tagged: Supreme Court   migrant children   Chief Justice of India   SA Bobde   Justices AS Bopanna   V. Ramasubramanian   Child Rights   fundamental rights  
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