In pursuance of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Supreme Court on 03.04.2020, had issued directions to all the stakeholders managing the affairs of the Children Protection Homes functioning under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 to follow the advisories provided by the court.
The Apex Court also directed the Juvenile Justice Court of all the High Courts to duly comply with the order and also monitor the implementation of the directions issued, at least once a week.The Apex Court further directed to send a copy of the order via email to the Chief Secretary of every State/Union Territory who shall then ensure that a copy of the same with a translated version in the local language is sent to all the CWCs and CCIs. The copy of the order was also asked to be sent via email to the Registrar Generals of all the High Courts, who shall in turn ensure that a copy of the same is forwarded to the Principal Magistrates presiding over the Juvenile Justice Boards and the presiding officers of the Children Courts.
In light of the same, the Kerala High Court has impleaded the Special Secretary, Social Justice Department, Government of Kerala, Secretariat, Thiruvananthapuram, and the Director, Women and Child Development Department, Government of Kerala, to monitor the matter and ensure the protection of children in the Children Homes as per the Supreme Court’s directions.
The present matter has now been posted for 15.04.2020; wherein the additional respondents shall submit its first report, itemize the details, and the steps taken as per the directives issued by the Apex Court.