Chennai: Justice SM Subramaniam of the Madras High Court said that the interests of minor children should not be compromised by the state and the competent authorities under any circumstances. The jurisdictional District Child Protection Officer and other officers concerned should inspect such homes from time to time to ensure that they are being provided with good living conditions and facilities by the administrators of the homes.
Justice SM Subramaniam said the authorities should submit a report to the higher authorities for the purpose of pursuing any action under the relevant law. The judge was disposing of a writ petition by Eternal Word Trust Represented, a registered charitable trust, on October 8, when he observed, "Such complaints are often received due to lack of periodic inspection. Such situations would never have arisen or at least would have been avoided if the inspection was carried out by the concerned authorities in a regular manner. Thus, seriously the interest of minor children is to be considered by the government and the head of the department and all appropriate action is to be initiated.
When the court ordered an inquiry, it was found that no child was kept in the house. Disposing of the petition, the judge clarified that in the event of failure on the part of the competent authorities to conduct periodic inspections, the head of the department and the government would initiate appropriate action against all such officers.