Delhi HC directs govt to collect data on children orphaned during the Pandemic

  • The Delhi High Court has ordered the Delhi government to acquire information on youngsters who were orphaned during the COVID-19 epidemic and are in a vulnerable condition as a result of the death of one or both parents.

  • The high court ordered the Delhi government's different ministries to contact all citizens' welfare groups, police stations, schools, anganwadi workers, and hospitals to obtain information on children who have lost one or both parents.

  • It requested that the Delhi government's Principal Secretary (Health) issue instructions to all hospitals in the city to provide the Department of Women and Child Development with information on patients who have lost one or both parents, leaving their children orphaned, as soon as possible, preferably within a day of the death.

  • The court, which heard the case for more than six hours, held that, just as birth and death certificates are needed by law, states must likewise collect information about children who have been made orphans and keep it secret as required by law.

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