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Lack of government machinery of CWC in Kerela

Acting on a public interest litigation filed by CRY partner Rajendra Prasad, founder of NGO Thampu, a division bench of the Kerala High Court on Monday ordered a CBI probe into the trafficking of children from north and north-eastern states to orphanages in Kerala. The bench of Chief Justice Ashok Bhushan asked the CBI to step in despite the state government opposing probe by a central agency and stated that all orphanages in Kerala should be brought under the purview of the Juvenile Justice Act. The court directed the district administration and child welfare committees at the district-level to ensure that proper legal procedure is followed while bringing children from other states.

The High Court order has been a landmark one in the juvenile Justice jurisprudence of the state because altogether the number of children in such orphanages are said to be more than 50,000 children and up until now no government machinery including Child Welfare Committee (CWC) has had any access to them which also means there was no monitoring framework for these orphanages.
 

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