New Delhi: After a 12-year-old National Bravery Award winner wrote a letter to the CJI complaining against the participation of children in demonstrations in Shaheen Bagh, the Supreme Court Friday took cognisance on its own to “stop the involvement of children and infants in demonstrations”. On January 30, a four-month-old baby died in cold. Also Read - BJP's Parvesh Verma Links OSD Bribery Case to 'Biryani' in Shaheen Bagh, Gets Legal Notice
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A 4-month-old baby had passed away in his sleep on the night of January 30 after returning from Shaheen Bagh where his parents had taken him during the anti-CAA protest. Zen Gunratan Sadavarte, a recipient of the 2019 Indian Council for Child Welfare (ICCW) National Bravery Award, said in the letter to the CJI’s office that the parents of the baby and the organisers of the anti-CAA protests at Shaheen Bagh had “failed” to protect the rights of the kid, resulting in his death. Also Read - Citing Delhi Elections, Supreme Court Defers Hearing on Petitions Seeking Removal of Anti-CAA Protesters From Shaheen Bagh
“The Shaheen Bagh protesters at New Delhi, include women, senior citizens, newborns and children, ignoring the fact that newborn babies need a lot of attention and care as they cannot express their pains in particulars thereafter also ignoring the conditions unfavourable to the children, they are brought to the protest place which is violative of their child rights and natural justice,” the letter said.
It also alleged that the police failed in stopping children from participating in such agitations harmful to their health.
It expressed surprise over the fact that even the death certificate of the 4-month-old does not mention the cause of death. Sadavarte received the National Bravery Award for guiding 17 people to safety when a fire broke out at Parel’s Crystal Tower.
(With PTI Inputs)