The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has sought a report from social media giants such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter and Telegram regarding posts on these social networking sites offering illegal adoption of children orphaned amid ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The apex child rights body has directed the above social medias to submit their report within 10 days, and also warned them to take strict action against them if they fail to report about such posts.The NCPCR suggested the social media that if any person posts any kind of such posts, an immediate report should be sent to the commission or law enforcement authorities or state commission with detailed IP address of the user.
The Juvenile Justice Act, 2015, provides for a jail term of up to three years, or a fine of Rs 1 lakh for illegal adoptions of children as it violates the procedure laid down under the Act. It also punishes sale or purchase with jail of up to five years or fine of Rs 1 lakh or both.
The Supreme Court also ordered states and Union Territories last week to take stringent action against private individuals and NGOs who invited people to illegally adopt children orphaned during the pandemic. The Supreme Court also stated that no adoption of affected children should be permitted contrary to the provisions of the JJ Act, 2015.