Orphan certificates: SC asks lawyer to make representation to states,UTs & Centre

If all goes well with the public interest litigation filed by Pune-based lawyer Rajendra Anbhule,certificates for orphans that would be on a par with domicile certificates or ration cards will soon be a reality.

Written by AADITI JATHAR LAKADE | Published: March 13, 2012 6:20:25 am

If all goes well with the public interest litigation filed by Pune-based lawyer Rajendra Anbhule,certificates for orphans that would be on a par with domicile certificates or ration cards will soon be a reality.

Disposing of the PIL on Monday,the Supreme Court bench of T I Rajput and Madhu Saxena directed Anbhule to make a representation to all the 28 states,seven Union Territories and the Central government,asking them to state how they would redress the issues raised in the PIL.

The SC order reads,“Although the cause is good,we are of the view that the petitioner has failed to demand justice from the appropriate Ministry,” thus directing Anbhule to write to the respective states and Union Territory governments. “I shall give them a period of four weeks to reply to my representation,” he said. The SC has further stated that “the petitioner (Anbhule) may move this Court at a later stage after complying with the requisite directions”.

The petition was filed against 28 states,seven Union Territories and the Union of India in February in the Supreme Court. Anbhule stated in the petition that orphans staying in juvenile justice homes have to move out after they complete 18 years of age. “They do not have any of the basic documents viz. caste certificate,domicile certificate,ration card,voter’s card or sometimes even a birth certificate that would enable them to secure a job or buy a house or get admission in an educational institute,” Anbhule said.

With lakhs of orphans and destitutes in this country,of which about 92,000 are in Maharashtra,a child can complete his education only till SSC or HSC by the time he/ she is 18 and is taken care of in children’s home run by the government.

“Only on the basis of this education,the social re-integration or rehabilitation of orphan/destitute is highly impossible,” the petition states. He said there is no comprehensive scheme for providing professional or technical training to orphans,no monetary help for their marriage,inadequate after-care organisations for those beyond 18 years of age (Maharashtra has only three such organisations with 210 children) and no self-employment schemes.

Through the petition,Anbhule has requested the court to direct all the respondents (28 states,seven union territories and central government) to ‘issue orphan certificate to all orphans so that they will get benefit of government facilities in case of education,service,self employment,marriage and public participation. The certificate would also help them in availing of various schemes and monetary benefits in education,employment and reservations’.

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