HC judges frowns on single parenting
Tamil Nadu

HC judges frowns on single parenting

Single parenting is a dangerous concept as a child needs the love of both father and mother, Madras High Court judge N Kirubakaran has said.

He made this observation on Friday while hearing a contempt petition filed against the Centre for not following his directive issued on Oct 16, 2015 by Girija Raghavan of Chennai.

The judge noted that the society had moved from joint to nuclear family and now to single parenting and said a child denied parental love might later turn against the society.

Referring to recent child abuse cases in Chennai, especially the abuse of a minor girl for months in a gated community by security men, liftmen and drivers, the judge asked: “What kind of parents are they who are not aware of what is happening to their children”

The judges made these observations while dealing with a contempt plea moved against the secretary of the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development for failing to comply with the directions issued by the Court on Oct 16, 2015 to check child abuse.

The court in its order had advised the Centre to consider castration of child abusers in addition to other punishments provided under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, Indian Penal Code and the Juvenile Justice Act.

Besides, the judge also wanted the Centre to ask the States to conduct awareness programmes about crimes against children and also to include separate columns in Indian visa forms which are issued to foreign nationals for the purpose of providing the details of pending cases against them and cases of conviction as they are provided in the United Kingdom's visa form.

The judge also suggested bifurcation of the Ministry of Women and Child Welfare and wanted know whether the ministry had issued any guidelines to States on use of Nirbhaya fund. The court adjourned the hearing to Aug 17.