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SC postpones creche opening: Pujari, Jaising file writ for better creche

The Supreme Court’s creche won’t open on time after all, announced the court’s registry in a notice, blaming a writ petition by advocate Anindita Pujari challenging the child care centre yesterday.

The Indian Express reported that Pujari was:

seeking direction to set up an “effective” creche that would really serve the purpose and would prevent exclusion of women from fully exercising their fundamental right to practise the profession of law. In deference to the long-pending demands, the SC had already established a creche in the new lawyers’ chamber building to be operational from July 1.

The petition also complained that setting up and managing the creche was done in an “ad hoc” manner without setting out experience requirements for the contractor or specifying the food and diet available to children.

It also wanted the upper age limit of children eligible for the creche raised from two to six years, and the total capacity increased beyond 10 children, which was “highly arbitrary, and discriminatory” and “violative of the principle of equality”.

Senior advocate Indira Jaising settled the petition, according to the Express.

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