Miss. Zen Gunratan Sadavarte has moved to the Supreme Court to prevent involvement of children in CAA protests. Her letter referred to a newspaper which revelead that the reason of the death of four month old infant was not mentioned in the death certificate. She also emphasised that because of sincere indulgence in protests, the rights of infants are denied especially the right to life under Article 21 of the Indian Constitution. So the letter prayed for prevention of involvement of children in CAA protests.
Twelve-year-old Bravery award winner wrote a letter to the Chief Justice of India, SA Bobde seeking orders to hold down children participating in protests. This letter was written days after the demise of a toddler at Shaheen Bagh, who was four-month-old. It was released to the media outlet in which the seventh standard student claimed that the incident was a violation of Article 21 of the Constitution of India as the involvement of children and kids will lead to torture and cruelty. She criticized that the Delhi Police were unable to restrain the protests and control the organizers and parents of the infant. In her letter, she referred to the newspaper finding where it was published that the reason for the death of the infant is not mentioned in the death certificate and emphasised the need to find out the reason for death through post-morterm. After the incident, the mother of the deceased said that she is ready to sacrifice the lives of the other two kids if it is required and was adamant to continue the protest.
Zen received the National Bravery Award for guiding 17 people to safety when the fire broke out at Parel’s Crystal tower in the year 2019.
In Shaheen Bagh, women from minority community protested against the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 (CAA) which has the provisions to keep them behind detention camp and curtail their citizenship rights through the enactment of National Population Register (NPR) & National Registration of Citizens(NRC). The protest of Shaheen Bagh’s women is in national debate due to Delhi State Assembly elections ,there were slogans like shoot those who betray the country and allegations were made against them for plotting illegal and seditious activities inside the protest by Union Ministers of the Country.
- Women are protesting since 15th December 2019 to scrap the CAA, 2019.
- Perseverance of protesters is supported by civil rights activists, Eminent Lawyers in High Court & Supreme Court and opposition political leaders.
- Parents of Zen said that she isn’t against the protest of Shaheen Bagh but shown her displeasure towards Kids being part of the protest.
- Delhi State Assembly Election’s voting is on 8th February and counting is scheduled on 11th February 2020.
- Protests crossed the 50-day mark.
Edited by J. Madonna Jephi
Approved & Published – Sakshi Raje
(i) Bar & Bench, Involvement of children in protests against child rights: 12 year old bravery award winner moves SC after infant’s death at Shaheen Bagh https://www.barandbench.com/news/litigation/12-year-old-bravery-award-winner-moves-sc-after-infants-death-at-shaheen-bagh
(ii) Theprint.in, 12-year-old bravery award winner seeks directive against kids participating in protests https://theprint.in/india/12-year-old-bravery-award-winner-seeks-directive-against-kids-participating-in-protests/360331/
(iii) news18.com, After Infant Death at Shaheen Bagh, Bravery Award Winner Writes to CJI about Children at Protests https://www.news18.com/news/india/after-infant-death-at-shaheen-bagh-bravery-award-winner-writes-to-cji-about-children-at-protests-2488737.html