Child Rights Body writes to Delhi government over COVID-19 protocol violation

NCPCR has written to the Delhi Government on a complaint against it for using minor children in advertisement and flouting COVID-19 norms.

Child Rights Body writes to Delhi government over COVID-19 protocol violation
Vagisha Kaushik | Oct 14, 2021 - 5:26 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights has written to the Delhi government on a complaint filed against it for “using minor school children of Delhi in a promotional advertisement shoot, violating COVID-19 pandemic protocol guidelines and endangering lives of minor school children.”

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The Commission has received the complaint from the National Convener, Kalinga Rights Forum, Odisha. The forum shared a youtube video link wherein the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal can be seen in a promotional advertisement which includes a large gathering of school children shooting for the ad without wearing masks and maintaining social distancing amidst pandemic.

It is a violation of COVID-19 protocols issued by the Government of India and also endangers the lives of minor schoolchildren, the official statement said.

The apex body informed that these videos violate the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015 and COVID-19 pandemic protocol. “Therefore, the Commission has accordingly taken cognizance in this matter under Section l3(1)(i) of CPCR Act, 2005,” said NCPCR.

The Commission has asked the government to look into the matter for remedial measures and share the Action Taken report within seven days.

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National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) (hereinafter referred to as 'the Commission') is a statutory body constituted under Section 3 of the Commission for Protection of Child Rights (CPCR) Act, 2005 to protect the child rights and other related matters in the Country.


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