Prothom and Ayush lost their parents in two days. The first is 5 years old and Ayush is 10 months old. They are two brothers. Their parents died of coronavirus infection last April. At first I don’t understand why my parents are not coming. Wants to know, where are the parents? Relatives are also worried about who will take care of the two children. They have contacted the Delhi-based Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). The NGO will assist in the adoption of the two children. BBC News.
Sonia and Amit are two more unfortunate children like the first and Ayush. Sonia is 12 years old. Amit’s 6. In June last year, two siblings lost their father to a corona infection. He lost his mother in April this year. Now they are with the grandmother. He is worried about the future of his grandchildren. Who will see these two children in his absence?
Not just these kids; Many children in India have been orphaned by coronavirus infection. Minister for Women and Child Welfare Smriti Irani recently tweeted that at least 56 children had been orphaned in the country between April 1 and May 25 due to coronary heart disease.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced a ত 13,960 fund for each orphan. This assistance will be given as a scholarship to 18 to 23 year olds. Earlier, they will study in government schools.
The adoption rate in India is very low
Adoption laws in India are quite strict. Each state has a Child Protection and Welfare Commission. From there officers are appointed in each district. After the adoption, these officers keep track of the children. In addition, various NGOs provide information to the Commission about adopted children.
In India, people who are interested in adopting a child register their names on government portals. Adoption is given to a child after all the necessary screening and commissions have declared a child ‘legally fit for adoption’.
However, the adoption rate in India is very low. As of March 2020, only 3,351 people have been adopted. Thousands of children are being orphaned in the country. But in the United States in 2019, more than 6 thousand children have been adopted.
Anurag Kundu, chairperson of the Delhi Commission for the Protection of Child Rights, told the BBC that the number of orphans in India was increasing rapidly after the corona infection. Many children under the age of 18 have been orphaned. It is a kind of national crisis.
Uttar Pradesh is the most populous state in India. Preeti Verma, a member of the state’s child welfare commission, said more than 1,000 children had been orphaned by Kovid-19. The commission has listed police constables, village health workers and village heads to help find them.
Panic of trafficking
India, the world’s second-largest corona-ridden country, has been posting on social media asking for hospital beds, oxygen and medical assistance. Various pages are also being opened on social media calling for the adoption of children. There are pictures and phone numbers of the children. The possibility of using these means for bad purposes remains. Kundu advised to be careful in this regard.
A member of the commission called the number of such a Facebook page for investigation. Seven thousand dollars was demanded for the baby from the opposite side. The commission informed the police about the matter.
Sonal Kapoor, chief executive of the Delhi-based NGO Prasthan, told the BBC there were fears the children could be used as laborers or sex workers.
After the death of the mother in Corona, the father and the child have the information to employ their organization. Not only orphans, but also children whose parents have died, the NGO said. Sonal said that in one family, a mother became very ill after being infected with corona. At that time, the father sexually abused his daughter.
The state government is trying to help orphans. However, experts think that there is much more to be done