NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday slammed both the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) and the West Bengal commission on child rights for indulging in “mudslinging” instead of co-operating with each other to protect the rights of children.
As the fight between the two commissions reached the Supreme Court on jurisdiction to examine the allegation of large-scale trafficking of children from a Jalpaiguri-based child-care institution, a bench of Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose found fault with both the organisations and said they were more interested in settling scores at the cost of welfare of children. The court said they had failed to take action to protect the rights of children.
“This case is a classic example where in the fight between the state commission and the national commission, the children have been all but forgotten. We are sorry that this court has to spend its time resolving such disputes. This court as well as the two major parties litigating before us definitely have better things to do….both the state commission (WBCPCR) and national commission have been woefully lax in the matter,” the bench said.
The clash between two commission arose after NCPCR took cognisance of media reports that large-scale trafficking of children was taking place from a child care institution in Jalpaiguri and sent a team of officials to find out the truth. The state commission and other authorities refused to co-operate with NCPCR saying it is already looking into it. Even state police refused to assist the commission.
The bench, after examining the provisions pertaining to both the commissions, said, “The national commission and state commissions have been clothed with identical powers and functions. The Commissions have been constituted with a view to not only protect the rights of children but also to suggest ways and means of enhancing the rights of children and ensuring that laws made for protection of children are effectively implemented. These commissions exercise extremely important powers. They must function only for protection and betterment of children.”
“Both the Commissions have to work for the best interest of children in a spirit of cooperation. Unfortunately, in this case, there has been no cooperation, rather mudslinging at each other. We would like to reiterate and re-emphasise that there are no jurisdictional issues involved,” it said.
“We are constrained to observe that in this clash of egos between WBCPCR and NCPCR, other than police taking action, nothing was done on the administrative side to set matters right,” it said.

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