32 orphaned children in the Covid pandemic in Delhi: head of the children’s rights panel
The Delhi Child Rights Panel has identified 32 children who were orphaned during the Covid pandemic in the nation’s capital. Ten other children, living with single parents, have lost them, said the head of the Commission for the Protection of the Rights of the Child, Anurag Kundu.
“Sixteen children were identified who lost their parents in the second wave. We asked about them if they needed medical care, ration, counseling, vaccination, etc.,” said Ranjana Prasad. , member of DCPCR. “We provide them with the help they ask for,” she added.
She said younger children had been placed in the care of the closest Anganwadis. On May 14, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the Delhi government would bear the cost of educating and educating children orphaned during the pandemic.
The government is also planning to give 2,500 rupees a month to these children and the proposal will likely go to Cabinet for approval, a senior official said.
DCPCR chairman Anurag Kundu said the figures from the investigation would be shared with the government. “We will ensure they are listed within a week of notification,” he said.
The panel had also set up a helpline to meet the needs of children who were orphaned during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The number (+91 9311551393) also responds to the concerns of children whose parents are hospitalized or who face any other distress. The helpline has received over 2,200 calls to date.
Kundu had also written to the Delhi Police Chief earlier this month, drawing his attention to COVID-19 orphaned children being offered for adoption on social media in violation of the laws.
The DCPCR had encountered numerous cases on social media (Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp), where people who had information about children orphaned by the pandemic were encouraging people to adopt them.
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