DK Shivakumar mixes with children during Mekedatu padayatra  |  Photo Credit: Twitter
Bengaluru: National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), on Monday complained that the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) chief DK Shivakumar met school children during Congress’ “Mekedatu Padayatre” and indulged them in political activity and more importantly exposed them to COVID-19 by not adhering to COVID-19-appropriate behaviour.
“The Commission has taken a suo-moto cognizance of a video uploaded on Twitter wherein it can be seen that KPCC President D.K Shivakumar met school children during the event “Mekedatu Padayatre”, thereby indulging children into political activity,” the letter by NCPCR chairperson Priyank Kanoongo to Praveen Sood, IPS Director-General and Inspector General of Police said.
The NCPCR urged the authorities to initiate appropriate action against Shivakumar. The commission also noted that in the videos of the event circulated, Shivakumar, as well as the children, are seen without masks.
“In view of the above, the Commission deems it appropriate to take cognizance U/s 13 (1) (j) of CPCR Act, 2005 and observes a prima-facie violation of provisions under Juvenile Justice Act, 2015, Epidemic Disease Act, 1897, and Disaster Management Act, 2005. Therefore, it is requested that your good offices may kindly look into the said allegations made in the complaint to ensure the welfare and safety of children and further,” read the letter.
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From January 9, the Karnataka Congress has undertaken a 10-day padayatra demanding the implementation of the Mekedatu project. DK Shivakumar, the KPCC chief, while refusing to get tested for COVID-19, also slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled state government for ‘harassing’ people with COVID-19 norms. Shivakumar alleged that there was no natural COVID-19 in Karnataka and the Basavaraj Bommai government was creating a COVID-19 hype to stop the Congress from undertaking the padayatras.