Shaheen Bagh Protests
Shaheen Bagh Protests
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Involvement of children in protests against child rights: 12 year old bravery award winner moves SC after infant's death at Shaheen Bagh

In light of the tragic news of the passing of a four-month old infant in Delhi's Shaheen Bagh, Sadavarte has approached the Supreme Court terming inclusion of children and infants in protests as "amounting to torture and cruelty."

Shruti Mahajan

Twelve year old bravery award winner, Zen Gunratan Sadavarte, has moved the Supreme Court seeking directions for preventing involvement of children and infants in protest demonstrations.

In light of the tragic news of the passing of a four-month old infant in Delhi's Shaheen Bagh, Sadavarte has approached the Supreme Court terming inclusion of children and infants in protests as "amounting to torture and cruelty."

Delhi's Shaheen Bagh area has been converted into a protest site against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 passed by the Parliament. As the protest crosses the 50 days mark, an infant who was brought to the protest site reportedly succumbed to bitter cold and congestion after being exposed to the winter chill.

This incident, the twelve-year old petitioner claims is a violation of the deceased infant's right to life under Article 21 of the Constitution.

Shaheen Bagh protesters include women, senior citizens, new born babies and children; ignoring the fact that new born 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.
Sadavarte in her Petition

The organizers of the Shaheen Bagh protests as well as the infant's parents failed to protect the child rights of the deceased infant, it is claimed, and an investigation in the death is also prayed for by the Petitioner.

Claiming that the Police failed to take cognizance of the involvement of children in the protests, the petitioner has prayed for the Apex Court to direct authorities to prevent such involvement of children.

Earlier, a BJP leader had moved the Supreme Court seeking removal of protesters from the Shaheen Bagh protest site on account of the obstruction caused due to blockage the Kalindi Kunj road that connects Delhi with Noida.

The order of the Delhi High Court directing the local authorities to deal with the protesters at Shaheen Bagh in accordance with the law has also been challenged before the Supreme Court, on account of absence of any specific directions.

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