The Supreme Court judge Justice NV Ramanan, on Thursday, stated that the “reverse migration” is one of the most major problems during the coronavirus induced pandemic and can lead to a subsequent rise in “poverty”, “scarcity”, “unfairness” and “discriminatory behaviour.”
Justice Ramana, who stands next to SA Bobde Chief Justice of India in terms of seniority, also mentioned about the sudden upsurge of domestic cruelty and maltreatment of children amidst the COVID-19 lockdown.
He also added that following the lockdown which has been in function since the past two months has led to thousands of deaths and loss in livelihood. Millions of People have lost their jobs, and income opportunities and migration have occurred extensively.
“This pandemic has presented before us multiple emerging issues. The most predominant one is that of reverse migration. Massive reverse migration will invariably lead to an increase in poverty, inequity and discrimination,” The Supreme Court Judge was quoted in a report from PTI.
“This pandemic has also affected the rights of women, children and senior citizens. This calls for a persistent and target orientation action plan, which we all have to work out together. The future is going to be challenging. Let’s stay committed,” he added.
During an event held by the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA), Justice Ramanan was delivering a speech in a webinar organised by them.
“Unfortunately, even though three months have passed, the situation is still not under control. Pursuant to the lockdown, thousands of people have lost their lives and livelihood; large scale migration has taken place. The lockdown has itself created psychological issues and violence within the family. Women have been burdened with more work; children have been unable to go to schools. Adding to that, working at home has also had its impact on the family life,” he said during the webinar.
He also talked about working with constraints in the near future.
“One of the critical areas which has come to our notice was rising violence within the family itself. We also saw an increasing rise in the number of instances of child abuse. During such times, when the victims cannot reach us, it is imperative for us to reach them,” said Ramana, who also serves as the Executive Chairman of NALSA.
“Acknowledging the urgency of the situation, we have established One Stop Centres (OSCs). Persistent efforts have been taken to provide legal assistance, through teleservices of female Panel Lawyers in every district. In other matters, petitions have been filed under the Domestic Violence Act,” he added.
He also mentioned that overcrowding should be avoided in penal institutions or jails, and this should be looked after by the legal services authorities throughout the nation.
“As per the directions of the Supreme Court, the State Legal Services Authorities have actively assisted High Powered Committees to identify and complete the necessary formalities for the release of prisoners, both undertrials and convicts, during the pandemic,” the judge said.