The department has taken this decision when it received some messages talking about raising funds for children and adopting them.
CM of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chauhan.
For children whose parents have died due to Corona Virus, seeking funds online, sharing messages and photos such as appealing for adoption will be considered a cognizable offense in Madhya Pradesh. Officials gave information about this on Friday. An officer of the Department of Women and Child Development said that if any person is found doing this, then a case will be filed under the Jubenail Justice Act-2016 on the charge of buying and selling children.
Child rights expert and lawyer Anant Kumar said, “Good intentions are unavoidable in these circumstances. Illegal adoption of children and selling or buying them is a serious offense and can lead to a jail term of 3 to 7 years. There should be a system to check fake information or any illegal information. Filing a case against the wrongdoers is a right step to stop such illegal activities. ”
According to the news published in Hindustan Times, the department has taken this decision when it received some messages, which were talking about raising funds for children and adopting them. Such messages had photos and videos, but when their veracity was investigated, they were found to be fake.
Can be imprisoned for up to 5 years
Suresh Tomar, joint director of the Women and Child Development Department, said, “To prevent online fraud in the name of adopting children, the Madhya Pradesh government has asked all districts to file such cases under Section 81 of the Juvenile Justice Act. The order will issue, which provides for rigorous imprisonment for five years and a fine of up to one lakh. ”
Suresh Tomar told that, three days ago, a woman died due to Kovid-19 in Shivpuri district. The father of the children died two years ago. Various organizations started raising money for children with a message, sharing the video of the woman’s body. A social media post claimed that the children are starving and are locked inside their house. When a team from the Department of Women and Child Development reached the spot, they found that the children are living with their aunts and are in fine condition. Officials said that this is not the only case of this kind. All such messages are asking for financial assistance in the name of children.
System designed for the needy
Bhopal Childline Director Archana Sahay said, “There is a need to take strict steps to stop illegal activities as Childline is being filled with such messages and they are found to be fake on investigation. Photos are being shared with the appeal of adopting children. It is completely banned under the Juvenile Justice Act. ” However, the department is also introducing a system to help needy children.
Department will take care of children
Swati Meena Nayak, director of the Women and Child Welfare Department, says, “We cannot trace every post on social media so we have decided to take action against such people, who are posting such messages.” But to help such needy children, we are starting a helpline number and also putting the contact numbers of district security officers. If anyone comes to know about the orphaned children, they can contact us for protection through the Child Helpline. ”
He further said, “The Child Welfare Committee will decide how to help these children. First of all, we will search for their relatives and if they agree to take care of the children, then we will give them 2,000 rupees per child according to the Integrated Security Protection Scheme. If we do not find any relatives, then we will send the children to shelter homes and start the process of adoption under CARA.
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