In the COVID-19 second wave, many children are being orphaned as both their parents succumb to the deadly disease. These children are getting no help And it is known that there is a chance that these children may become part of child trafficking.
The Union Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) has asked the health ministry to ask hospitals across the country to take declarations from parents being admitted, to whom their children should go in case of their deaths, ThePrint has learnt.
In a letter written to Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, WCD Secretary Ram Mohan Mishra has said, “ I am writing to you in light of reports regarding children losing parents during Covid pandemic, with no one to take them immediately. The distress and anguish are not only damaging to their being, but it also puts them in a vulnerable situation, which can be manipulated to their disadvantage while encouraging evils such as child labour or trafficking."
The letter further reads, "It would be very useful if parents could themselves provide details of their trusted relatives or friends to be contacted, in case of any eventuality."
Many people have responded positively to this statement from the Union Ministry keeping the life of the child in mind.