Behavioural changes triggered in a child from lack of affection from one parent could be detrimental to the society: Justice Kirubakaran (Photo: REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes)
- Lack of affection may turn child against society: HC.
- HC argued for bifurcation of MoWCD.
- The observation came in view of increasing incidents of child abuse.
Single parenting can be dangerous for society, observed Justice N Kirubakaran of Madras High Court on Friday. He reasoned that a child needs affection of both the mother and the father and that one cannot compensate for the other.
Behavioural changes triggered in a child from lack of affection from one parent could be detrimental to the society, he said.
Justice Kirubakaran made the observation while hearing a contempt petition filed by Girija Raghavan against the Ministry for Women and Child Development for not obeying the court’s September 16, 2015, order.
Commenting on the increasing incidents of child abuse, Justice N Kirubakaran said added that it was time for the Ministry of Women and Child Development to get bifurcated. He asked the assistant solicitor general to get instructions from the Centre on why there cannot be separate ministries for women development and child development.
In 2015, the High Court had suggested castration of those guilty of raping children, in addition to punishment under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, the IPC and the Juvenile Justice Act.
Justice Kirubakaran had then also directed the Union government to instruct all state governments to conduct massive awareness programmes on crimes against children that come under the POCSO Act.
Referring to a recent case of sexual abuse of a minor girl by several men in the city, which came to light after she shared her ordeal with her sister, the court asked, “What kind of parents are they to be unaware of what is happening to their child?”
Justice Kirubakaran also asked the assistant solicitor general to get instructions from the Union ministry on whether it has issued any guidelines for spending the Nirbhaya fund being allotted to the state governments.
With PTI inputs