The Supreme Court takes cognizance of the condition of child protection homes amid the coronavirus

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has itself learned of the condition of children's homes across the country amid the outbreak that has so far cost 50 lives in India. A bench of judges L Nageswara Rao and would listen via videoconference on Friday to a motu case (by itself) titled 'In Re Contagion of COVID 19 Virus in Children Protection houses

On March 16, the high court became aware of overcrowding across the country and said it was difficult for inmates to maintain social distancing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

He had also considered the issue of preventing the spread of Covid-19 in children's homes across the country.

On March 23, the apex court had ordered all states and set up high-level committees to consider the release on parole or interim bail of prisoners and sub-trials for crimes involving up to seven years in prison to decongest the prisons following Covid-19.

Separately, the high court had noted the unavailability of half-day meals for children, as schools across the country have closed due to the coronavirus.

He had learned of his motu in the matter and issued notices to union states and territories asking how children were provided with mid-day meals in the midst of school closings. >