Karnataka High Court : Take action against illegal child care centres

The Court had earlier ordered a survey based on a PIL filed by a child care organisation.

Based on orders from the Court, the Karnataka State Legal Services Authority (KSLSA) submitted reports which identified that 720 minors were engaged in begging and hawking in several parts of Bangalore. It was also found that 27 minors were being controlled by a mafia.

The reports also found that there are 56 childcare centres which are not registered and maintained under Section 41 of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act, 2015.
It was also found that most of these minors were housed in these illegal centres.

A Division Bench of the High Court of comprising Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice Suraj Govindaraj directed the State government to take immediate action against childcare centres operating in the city without registration.

The court also directed the government to take a decision on setting up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe instances of child trafficking and children engaged in begging and hawking on city streets.

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