SUPREME COURT NOTICE TO CENTRE ON PLEA AGAINST CHILD TRAFFICKING IN WAKE OF COVID-19 LOCKDOWN


The Public Interest litigation (PIL) has been filed by an NGO, Bachpan bachao Andolan which was founded by Kailash Satyarthi, a nobel peace laureate.The petitioner claimed that traffickers have become active in various parts of country and are finding out poor families and are encouraging them to sell their children for purpose of labour work and sexual exploitation.To prevent the cases of child trafficking which have suddenly increased in the wake of lockdown imposed to curb COVID-19 pandemic this issue was raised before SC.

The bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde and comprising AS Bopanna and Hrishikesh Roy observed that children are mostly used for child labour and asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to research on this issue and suggest a mechanism to curb this menace.The petitioner also seeks directions from the Apex court to direct all states to mandatorily activate their anti human trafficking Units to prevent and take appropriate action on child trafficking.The issues exist because there is a market for engaging child labour," said the Chief Justice Bobde.

The three judge bench also discussed about setting up a commit to look into this issue but this not pass any direction to this effect. They decided to hear the response and listed the case after two weeks.



By: Deepanjali Singh

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