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The Children Act, 1974

( ACT NO. XXXIX OF 1974 )

Attendance at Court of parent of a child charged with offence, etc.
13. (1) Where a child brought before a Court under this Act has a parent or guardian, such parent or guardian may in any case, and shall, if he can be found and if he resides within a reasonable distance, be required to attend the Court before which any proceeding is held under this Act, unless the Court is satisfied that it would be unreasonable to require his attendance.
(2) Where the child is arrested, the officer in charge of the police-station to which he is brought shall forthwith inform the parent or guardian, if he can be found, of such arrest, and shall also cause him to be directed to attend the Court before which the child will appear and shall specify the date of such appearance.
(3) The parent or guardian whose attendance shall be required under this section shall be the parent or guardian having the actual charge of, or control over, the child:
Provided that if such parent or guardian is not the father, the attendance of the father may also be required.
(4) The attendance of the parent of a child shall not be required under this section in any case where the child was, before the institution of the proceedings, removed from the custody or charge of his parent by an order of a Court.
(5) Nothing in this section shall be deemed to require the attendance of the mother or female guardian of a child, but any such mother or female guardian may appear before the Court by an advocate or agent.

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