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December 19, 2017

Day-care centre for litigants’ children set up: Punjab and Haryana HC


A day-care centre for the children of litigating parties has been set up by the Punjab and Haryana High Court on its premises. A courtroom is being converted into the centre for the children under the supervision of Justice Ritu Bahri of the High Court.

In order that the children of the litigating parties, especially those involved in matrimonial matters are not exposed to the rigorous and taxing environment of the courts while their parents attend the proceedings, the “unique endeavour” by the High Court has been initiated.

On December 20, the centre is expected to be inaugurated in the presence of High Court Chief Justice Shiavax Jal Vazifdar, Justice Bahri and other judges. The High Court will also depute women attendants to ensure security and for the upkeep of the room. Tea, coffee and soup-vending machines are the small arrangements made.

The children will be provided with toys, swings, a computer and a blackboard. “The entire process is unique and is likely to address the concerns of the litigants who apprehend that court proceedings may have adverse impact on the upbringing of their children. The room is also conducive for providing counselling to children,” a High Court official said.

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