The sudden break out of the pandemic and the lockdown has resulted in the situation of the country to turn upside down. Such a situation has affected all, but the ones who are on the verge of maximum risk and are even losing their lives ruthlessly are the migrant workers.
Trust lies there, where justice prevails. But the Supreme Court of India is somewhere lagging to provide justice to its countrymen. The migrant workers, during this lockdown, were being denied to their wages. This issue, when being raised to the Supreme Court, it said that it was the government’s decision and they could not deny it. The Chief Justice of India questioned “why migrants need wages if they are being given food?”
The daily wage labourers have their family, living in starvation, and this query does not take them into account. When the state governments were acting callously by not providing food, herding them into dingy rooms to maintain social distance, the Supreme Court, being the top decision maker, could have opted to deny to the government to provide justice to these poor and helpless people by facilitating them with the needful.
When the financial crisis and starvation was hitting these workers hard, the government in between passed an order that all the migrant workers all over India will be transported back home with safety measures. The migrant workers have to walk miles in order board the train that are being arranged for them. While they journey towards their destination, some are being beaten to death by the police, in charge of violating social distancing, some are being crashed by trains, while sleeping on rail tracks resulted from their excessive exhaustion, and some are being killed in road accidents by the trucks.
In such a situation where the government’s ‘safety measures’ is just a word of mouth, it was the responsibility of the Supreme Court to take an action to stop these injustices. In an interview of Live Law with Sr. Adv Jaideep Gupta, he said, “The walking migrants of this country need you” to the SC. But the court, denying all that could be done for the migrants to reach home safely in a dignified manner said, “How can we stop them from walking? This court cannot monitor who is walking and who is not walking?” It is very disheartening to accept that the SC, on who people abides complete faith, either rely on the government or come up with such reactions. With so many lives gone and so many more at peril, the Supreme Court is likely to lose faith of its citizens, if it does take a fruitful step towards these people (taken from an interview of Live Law)