Posting pics of Covid-orphaned children on social media is punishable offence, confirms Women&Child Development Ministry

New Delhi, 25 May: In the second wave of coronavirus disease, where many houses were destroyed, many children were also Covid-orphaned. So far 577 children have lost their parents in the country.

According to the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development, till May 25, 577 children have lost their parents in the second wave of Covid-19. Most of these children are living with their relatives. The Ministry is in constant touch with the State Governments for rehabilitation of all these children.

Secretary of the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Ram Mohan Mishra said that there is a provision to provide counselling, social security to all such children under the Vatsalya Scheme. The Central Government has made a provision of 10-10 lakh rupees to all the districts under this scheme so that these children can be given timely help. For this, the District Officer has been given powers.

Putting photos of children on social media is a crime- Ministry

Secretary of the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Ram Mohan Mishra said that these days, photos of Covid-orphaned children are being put on social media, pleading for help in their name. It falls into the category of crime and is also not good on morality grounds. The identity of these children cannot be revealed under the Juvenile Justice Act.

The ministry has tracked many such tweets and social media messages and sent cybercrime for investigation.

A child lost his parents in Delhi

According to ministry sources, there is a lot of uproar on social media about orphans from Delhi, which is sad. If we look at the figures, a child in Delhi has lost his parents, who are living with his family. Emphasis is being laid on rehabilitating all such children at the same home.

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