New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to Centre and Delhi government in connection with the death of a four-month-old boy at the Shaheen Bagh protest site, observing that it has the highest respect for motherhood, highest concern for children and neither should be treated badly. Also Read - 'You Can't Block The Entire City', Supreme Court to Shaheen Bagh Protesters; Issues Notices to Delhi Police, State & Centre
The development came after the top court on Friday took suo moto cognisance of the incident and listed it for hearing on Monday. A letter had also been written to the Chief Justice of India (CJI) SA Bobde by a 12-year-old National Bravery Award recipient in connection with the infant’s death. Also Read - Children at Shaheen Bagh Protest: Supreme Court to Hear Case on February 10
Hearing the case today, the CJI observed, “We have the highest respect for motherhood, highest concern for children and they should not be treated badly,” responding to the lawyers for mothers of children sitting in protest at Shaheen Bagh. Also Read - Shaheen Bagh Stir: Infant Dies Due to Cold, Mother to Return to Protest
The apex court then issued notice to Centre and Delhi government in connection with the child’s deaths.
The boy had died in sleep on January 30 due to exposure to cold as his mother used to take him to the protest site with her. The mother, however, has continued to attend the protest, which has become a symbol of resistance against the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
Today’s development came just hours after the apex court, in yet another hearing related to Shaheen Bagh, issued notice to Delhi Police and Centre over protesters occupying a key road, observing that the protesters ‘can’t block an entire city.’
The matter will next be heard on February 17.