Kerala

HC excludes minors from women’s wall

‘Govt. obliged to protect child rights under UN convention’

A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court on Thursday directed the State government to exclude children below 18 years from participating in the women’s wall scheduled for January 1.

The Bench of Chief Justice Hrishikesh Roy and Justice A.K. Jayasankaran Nambiar, while passing the directive, observed that it was obligatory on the part of the government to protect the rights of children as declared by the United Nation Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The court made it clear that children below 18 years of age shall not be allowed to participate or encouraged to participate in the formation of the wall irrespective of whether teachers or parents had given their consent.

The government was not expected to encourage or allow children below the age of 18 to participate in the event, considering the nature of the event.

The court passed the directives when a batch of writ petitions filed by D.B. Binu, High Court lawyer, and others came up for hearing.

Directive to schools

It was brought to the notice of the court that the government had directed all school authorities to ensure participation of all students in the formation of the women’s wall.

The court recorded the assurances of the State attorney that no government employee or worker, including those of Asha, Anganwady and Kudumbashree, would be compelled to participate in the formation of the wall.

Assurance

The court was also assured by the attorney that no penal action would be taken against government employees and others or the beneficiaries under different schemes or programmes of the government who did not participate in the event.

The attorney submitted that it was to create awareness about gender equality and women empowerment that the government instructed the school authorities to ensure participation of students in the event.

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