News UpdatesPIL In Delhi HC Seeks Direction To Safeguard Interest, Provide Interim Custody Of Children Orphaned Due To COVID Sparsh Upadhyay9 May 2021 4:25 AMShare This – xA Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petition has been moved before the Delhi High Court seeking direction to Union of India, Government of NCT Delhi to safeguard the interest of the children who have lost their parents to Covic-19 and who do not have anyone else to take care of them and face the risk of being trafficked. The petition, moved by Jitender Gupta, practicing lawyer of Delhi, has impleaded Union Of India, Ministry Of Women & Child Development, Ministry Of Health & Family Welfare, Government Of NCT Of Delhi and Delhi Police as party respondents.The bench of Chief Justice D. N. Patel and Justice Jasmeet Singh is likely to hear the plea on Monday (May 10)Averments in the plea Claiming that many children who have lost their parents during Covid-19 are also facing a risk of being trafficked, the plea prays, “Interim custody of such children be granted to their relatives or to child care homes while also exploring options for legal adoptions after duly scrutinizing all those who have expressed interest to adopt such children.” Further, the plea states that considering the urgency of the situation due to the complete collapse of health care infrastructure in national capital resulting in loss of hundreds of lives on a daily basis, the plea was being moved before the Delhi High Court to safeguard the security and the welfare of these children. The plea avers that the respondents have failed to perform their statutory duty towards the protection of life and personal liberty of general public and that no action was taken to safeguard the interest of the children who have lost their parents to Covid-19. Apart from this, the Petitioner has also sought financial compensation for the family members of those citizens who have lost their lives after being denied access to adequate health care in terms of hospital admission, oxygen cylinders, injections, medications, etc. In this backdrop, the plea prays: Direction to the Respondents to safeguard the interest of the children who have lost their parents to Covid-19 and who do not have anyone else to take care of them and face the risk of being trafficked Issue a writ of mandamus or any other appropriate writ order or direction to the Respondents to grant appropriate financial compensation to the family members of those citizens who have lost their lives during the Covid-19 pandemic after being denied access to adequate health care Infrastructure / Facilities in terms of hospital admission, oxygen cylinders, injections, medications, etc. In related news, dealing with a plea seeking direction to Union of India and Delhi Government to come up with a scheme to provide appropriate compensation to the families of the patients who died due to shortage of Oxygen, the Delhi High Court yesterday disposed of the plea by directing the Government to treat the plea as representation. A division bench comprising of Chief Justice D. N. Patel and Justice Jasmeet Singh directed that the plea be treated as representation and it be decided in accordance with the law, rules, regulations, and government policy applicable to the facts of the case.TagsChildren Orphaned Due To COVID Orphan Children #Delhi High Court Delhi High Court Chief Justice D. N. Patel Justice Jasmeet Singh Next Story
Masterful songwriter Darrell Scott recently released a collection of Ben Bullington’s songs.It’s been in the neighborhood of ten years since I published my first piece in Blue Ridge Outdoors. The subject of that profile?Darrell Scott.Over the ensuing decade, I have been lucky enough to interview Scott and regularly feature tunes from his subsequent releases here on Trail Mix. He is a rarity in the music world whose genius is evident in both his lyrical and instrumental abilities, and he continues to be one of my favorite songwriters.For his most recent release, Darrell Scott turned to the songwriting of a good friend, Ben Bullington. Scott, based in Nashville, and Bullington, a native Virginian then living in Montana, met through a mutual friend on a camping trip – both were divorced fathers, both were writers of songs. A friendship blossomed and then, following Bullington’s diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, songs were shared.Bullington died in November of 2013. One year later, Scott entered the studio to record 10 – The Songs of Ben Bullington, cutting nine tracks for the record. Scott finished off the collection of tunes for the record with “I’ve Got To Leave You Now,” a song that he recorded on his iPhone and sent to Bullington prior to his death.Trail Mix is honored to include “I’ve Got To Leave You Now” on this month’s mix.I recently caught up with Darrell Scott to talk about Ben Bullington, his songs, and the inspiration for this record.BRO – What was it about Ben’s songs that sparked in you the desire to release an entire record of them?DS – I wanted to offer a gift to Ben and his boys, and I wanted folks to hear great songs from a pure source.BRO – Aside from your appreciation of his songwriting, what was another aspect of Ben that you admired?DS – I admired that he did not chase the unreachable carrot of the music business and that, with one year to live, he wanted to share his songs more actively.BRO – This month, we are featuring “I’ve Got To Leave You Now.” What did this song say to you when you heard it for the first time?DS – I wanted to light whatever the four friends were smoking on the midnight porch and then go inside and make a midnight snack for them.BRO – How do folks respond to Ben’s songs that have made it into your live set?DS – Folks respond to the story of Ben and they respond to his songs, as I knew they would.BRO – One lesson you learned from Ben that you want to share with others?DS – Be pure in intention.Darrell Scott, along with special guests Bill Payne, John Lowell, Tom Murphy, Kris Clone, and Joanne Gardner, will be performing songs from 10 – The Songs of Ben Bullington on Friday, June 5th, at the Ellen Theater in Bozeman, Montana. Darrell isn’t going to be spending much time on the road this year, so this could be one of few opportunities you have to hear these songs live. Grab a ticket if you are in the neighborhood!For more information on Darrell Scott and how you might get a copy of the new record, please surf over to his website.And make sure you take a listen to “I’ve Got To Leave You Now” on this month’s Trail Mix.