Supreme Court seeks status report on spread of COVID-19 in children's shelter home in Chennai

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Taking suo motu cognisance of news reports from Tamil Nadu, the Supreme Court on Thursday sought a status report from the state government on 35 children in a Chennai shelter home being infected after the warden reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.

Taking suo motu cognisance of news reports from Tamil Nadu, the Supreme Court on Thursday sought a status report from the state government on 35 children in a Chennai shelter home being infected after the warden reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.

The Bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao, Krishna Murari, and S Ravindra Bhat sought to know from the State of Tamil Nadu of the steps the State is taking to ensure spread of COVID-19 in children's homes is curbed.

The shelter home at Royapuram in the city had a total of 57 children. More tests conducted following the media found that a total of 43 children were infected. The affected children were subsequently admitted to a government hospital in Tondiarpet.

The Court asked the State of Tamil Nadu to give directions to the Secretary (Health) to give a status report on the issue as well as on the steps taken with regard to safeguarding the health of remaining children, said a Bar and Bench report.

The Court also said that a questionnaire prepared by Justice Bhat will be given to all the Juvenile Justice Committees manned by respective State governments across the country. This questionnaire will check if the States have implemented the directions passed by the Court in its order on April 3 in relation to curbing spread of COVID-19 in children homes.

In April, the Supreme Court took suo motu cognizance of the potential spread of COVID-19 in shelter homes, where children are lodged as per the Juvenile Justice Act. The Court said that it felt the need to pass certain directions for ensuring the well-being of these children.

The Court in its order had passed directions for Child Welfare Committees (CWCs), laid down measures to be taken by Juvenile Justice Boards (JJBs) and Children Courts, measures to be taken by the state governments, Directions to CCIs, among other things (with inputs from agencies)

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