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Delhi High Court issues notice on plea by children whose father died due to oxygen shortage

The plea sought an expeditious implementation of the various schemes that have been floated by the Union of India and the Government of NCT of Delhi for the victims who lost their breadwinner of the family due to the second wave of Covid-19 or lack of oxygen, thereof.

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The Delhi High Court has recently issued notice in a plea filed by two minor siblings whose father succumbed to Covid-19 at Jaipur Golden Hospital on account of lack of oxygen in the Hospital. 

Justice Amit Bansal has sought the response of the Delhi Government, the Union of India, Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights and the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi. 

The plea has sought direction to Union of India and Govt. of NCT of Delhi to announce and expeditiously implement the schemes of grant of compensation which reportedly have been proposed for the victim’s family who lost their life to Covid-19 or lack of oxygen. Along with an order or direction for expeditious implementation of schemes for children, like the petitioners who are students of private schools, so that they may not face any predicament with regards to the non-payment of fees or their education is obstructed or hindered in any way per se. 

The matter is listed for hearing July 29. 

The Writ Petition has been filed though advocates Bharat Malhotra and Siddhant Sethi who notably took the case as a pro bono on behalf of two minor siblings who were extremely jeopardized by their father’s untimely death. The plea placed on record the statement of D.K. Baluja, the Medical Director of the Jaipur Golden Hospital, and also stated, “As many as 20 patients died on Friday night and more than 200 lives are currently at stake due to lack of oxygen at Delhi’s Jaipur Golden Hospital in Rohini.”

The plea sought an expeditious implementation of the various schemes that have been floated by the Union of India and the Government of NCT of Delhi for the victims who lost their breadwinner of the family due to the second wave of Covid-19 or lack of oxygen, thereof. Consequently, the compensation most likely to include the Monthly Sustenance Allowance to Bereaved Sole Earning Single Parent and to Provide Free Education to their Children’s and Monthly Stipend to the families. 

The plea further averred and highlighted the mismanagement on behalf of the Jaipur Golden Hospital stating that the petitioners learnt about the shortage of oxygen in few Hospitals through media reports and the hospital made no prior intimation or communications to the petitioners which if perhaps was done timely then they could have made an alternative arrangement, thus sought to initiate appropriate action/proceeding including granting of damages against the hospital as warranted under law.

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The petitioners are traumatised with the untimely death of their father and as well as their grandmother who died the very next day and are now left behind with their mother and grandfather, who is a senior citizen and the family has no source of income at present and are now in acute financial crisis.

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