The Supreme Court has now come to the rescue of children and has taken a suo moto case on the condition of Children Protection Homes across the country in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. A division bench consisting of Justice L. Nageswara Rao and Deepak Gupta will consider on 03.04.2020, the case SMW(C)No. 4/2020 PIL-W, titled “Re Contagious of COVID- 19 virus in Children Protection Homes.”
The top court had on March 16 taken suo motu cognizance of overcrowding of prisons across the country and said that it was difficult for jail inmates to maintain social distancing to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
It had also considered the aspect of preventing the spread of COVID-19 in juvenile homes across the country.
On March 23, the apex court had directed all the states and Union Territories to constitute high-level committees to consider releasing the prisoners and undertrials on parole or interim bail for offences entailing up to seven-year jail term to decongest prisons in the wake of COVID-19.
The Supreme Court has acted as a true salvager in these testing times.