Pak. national moves HC for children’s school admission

October 03, 2019 12:00 am | Updated 04:46 am IST - New Delhi

Gulsher migrated to India with his family in May

A Pakistani national, who claims to have migrated to India along with his family in May this year, has moved the Delhi High Court after a government school in the Capital rejected admission of his three children.

Gulsher, who is currently living at Bhatti Mines, Chhatarpur, in Delhi along with his family, said their case for Indian citizenship was under consideration by the Centre.

In his petition, filed through advocate Ashok Aggarwal, he claimed that he and his family migrated to India as they were “persecuted and traumatised by Pakistani authorities”.

“These Hindu families who migrated from Pakistan to India have a large number of school-age children who are required to be admitted in government schools so as to enable them to continue their education,” the plea said.

Age objection

Mr. Gulsher’s children — Sanjina Bai, Moona Kumari and Ravi Kumar — were seeking admission in different classes in a government school in Chhatarpur, but they were denied admission on the ground that they are overaged.

Advocate Aggarwal cited the case of another Pakistani Hindu refugee girl in 2016 who, despite having no educational documents, was granted admission in a Delhi school by relaxing the rules after her case was referred by then External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

The petition claimed that the case of the three children was put up before the Delhi government through the All India Parents Association. “However, no response has been received so far from the Directorate of Education, Delhi government,” the plea said.

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