Supreme Court’s concern about children in protection homes and foster homes due to the Covid-19 scare

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) sent a letter with a recommendation that children in the homes had to be sent back to their families due to the fear of coronavirus. But the court did not pass an order based on this letter because the circumstances of sending the children to their families depend on each case.

The Additional Solicitor General had contented the bench to seek instructions on the recommendation of NCPCR. The NCPCR sent letters to 8 states to send back children from protection homes to their families. But this action was opposed by the civil society groups as this was violative of the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015. On 9th October 2020, Supreme Court takes suo moto action for the prevention of children in protection homes and foster homes. The Court gave directions to the concerned authority for the prevention of the spread of coronavirus in child protection homes. The Supreme Court wanted a second opinion on the recommendation of NCPCR, so they have a notice as a response.

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