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OpIndia Exclusive: Pakistani Hindu refugees unceremoniously removed from Delhi govt school after being given admission

Author: जयन्ती मिश्रा
Publication: Opindia.com
Date: September 24, 2019
URL:      https://www.opindia.com/2019/09/pakistani-hindu-refugees-denied-admission-delhi-government-school/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

Pakistani Hindu refugees who escaped the atrocities in the neighbouring country where minorities are constantly on the receiving end of persecution are now being denied admission in schools run by Delhi government in the national capital.

On 14th May this year, Gulsher, with his three children came to India from Sukkur, Sindh in Pakistan. They are currently living at Bhatti Mines Hindu refugee camp in Chhatarpur area of New Delhi. Gulsher’s three children, Moona Kumari (18 years), Sanjina Bai (16 years) and Ravi Kumar (17 years) were unceremoniously removed after giving admission in a government school in Delhi because ‘they were too old’.

After coming to India from Pakistan on 14th July, the children were given admission to Delhi government school on 5th July and were given permission to attend classes from 8th July. However, on 14th September, they were told they are ‘too old’ to attend these classes and were unceremoniously removed.

They are to get admission in class 9 and 10, but according to school authorities, they are ‘too old’ to get admission in these classes. These children also have the school leaving certificates as well as enrolment cards of Pakistani school.

Speaking to OpIndia, Gulsher said that Delhi government’s education department officers had first assured him that the children will be admitted to the school. Gulsher even claimed that he had already submitted the transfer certificate obtained from Pakistan school to the Delhi government school.

According to Gulsher, after agreeing to admit the children, Delhi government school officials said that they cannot admit them because they were ‘too old’. The kids are currently not going to any school and wasting the precious months. He has met politicians including the Chhatarpur MLA and Aam Aadmi Party leader Kartar Singh Tanwar, but no help has come through. Gulsher claims that instead of helping him, the officers asked him to meet Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia. However, despite many attempts, he has not been able to meet Sisodia.

“We are tired. School management keeps on stalling. We have purchased school uniforms and books and everything but now school says they cannot study there. Not only I but even my kids are mentally disturbed now,” Gulsher told OpIndia.

Gulsher now hopes that the Supreme Court lawyer Ashok Agarwal, who is President of All India Parents Association (AIPA), may be able to help him. Agarwal has written to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and appealed to him to help out Gulsher.
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ALL INDIA PARENTS ASSOCIATION
Agarwal Bhawan G.T. Road, Tis Hazari, Delhi - 110054
9811101923, 9863529459, 011-23070026

To
Sh. Arvind Kejriwal
Chief Minister Government of NCT of Delhi
Delhi Secretariat, I.P Estate,
New Delhi- 110003
23.09.2019

Subject- Delhi Government School at Chhatarpur deny admission to 3 Pakistani Hindu refugee siblings in class IX

Dear Arvind ji,

You are aware of fact that due to uncomfortable situation prevailing in Pakistan for Hindus, lot of Hindus are migrating from Pakistan to India and living here as refugees. Their cases for grant for Indian citizenship is under consideration of Central Government. These Hindu families migrated front Pakistan to India have a large number of school age children requited to be admitted in Government School so to enable them to continue their further education.

It is submitted that three Pakistani Hindu refugee students (All siblings) met me personally last week and informed that they are residing at Bhatti Mines Chhatarpur and were seeking admission in class IX in 2019-20 in Government Senior Secondary School, Bhatti Mines, Chhatarpur but they are denied admission alleging that they are over-aged. Student names are Sanjina Bai (DOB: 18.08.2003), Moona Kumari (DOB: 20.09.2001) and Earl Kumar (DOD: 17.06.2002) all daughters and son of Sh. Guisher (M: 9818986528). Sanjina Bai and Moona Kumari have class VIII passed School !caving certificates dated 10.04,2018 issued by Bright I lead Public School, Bunglow No. 26, Sector 26, Town Ship, Sukkur (Pakistan) and counter signed by Education Department whereas Ravi Kumar has enrolment card for appearing in class X examination. It is interesting to note that these siblings Cattle to India from Pakistan on 14.05.2019. Thereafter, they got themselves registered in the DoE for admission in class IX on 05.07.2019.
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In his letter dated 23rd September, Agarwal apprises the Delhi CM about the atrocities carried out on minorities in Pakistan, owing to which many of them have sought refuse in India. He further added that the Central Government is contemplating granting them citizenship as well. “These Hindu families migrated from Pakistan to India have a large number of school age children required to be admitted in government school so to enable them to continue their further education,” the letter reads.
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They were allowed to attend classes from 08.072019 and attended the same till 14.09.2019 when they were unceremoniously removed front school on alleged ground of over-aged. Needless to say that on instructions from FIOS, these students purchased uniforms, books and copies etc. Now they are sitting at home and undergoing mental agony and harassment.

You may be aware about a case similarly circumstanced where a Pakistani Hindu refugee girl Madhu having no educational documents wanted to take admission in class IX in Government Senior Secondary School Bhatti Mines Chhatarpur. At the requested of Mrs. Susham Swaraj, former Union Minister of External Affairs, you intervened in the matter and directed the school to grant her admission by exempting all rides and regulations. Accordingly, she was admitted and is presently studying in class XII in same school.

Needless to say that it is duty of Government to protect the interests of children particularly, when they are vulnerable and belong to weaker sections of society, therefore, there is no justification on the part of the Government to turned away aforementioned 3 siblings out of school merely for the alleged reason of over aged. We num appreciate that these siblings are already vulnerable and in case they are not brought in the mainstream school education system, they would be further marginalized and become more vulnerable.

We must also appreciate that these sibling have fundamental right to education in terms of Articles 14 & 21 of the Constitution of India and therefore, denial of admission/removal from school on the ground of over aged violate their fundamental and human right to education.

You are therefore requested to intervene on urgent basis and direct HoS of Government Senior Secondary School, Bhatti Mines, Chhatarpur to grant admission to all aforementioned 3 siblings in class IX 2019-20.

With regards

Ashok Agarwal Advocate
National President AIPA
M: 9811101923
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The letter further talks about a similar incident where a Hindu refugee from Pakistan, Madhu, who had no educational documents had requested for admission in class 9 in government school in Bhatti Mines, Chhatarpur. The then External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had intervened and now Madhu studies in class 12 in the same government school.

Advocate Agarwal has write to Delhi CM about Article 14 and 21 of Indian Constitution which gives these children a fundamental right to education and such denial or removal is violation of their fundamental and human right to ed
 
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