Re: Muslim Girls Want to Study – Delhi Government School Says “NO”


Myself By T.V. Antony Raj


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A Muslim girl in a classroom. (Photo - A.M. Faruqui-The Hindu)
A Muslim girl in a classroom.. (Photo: A.M. Faruqui / The Hindu)
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Aggarwal Bhawan, G. T. Road, Tis Hazari, Delhi -110054

 M- 09811101923, 9810133325


Prof. Ms. Kiran Walia,
Education Minister,
Government of NCT of Delhi
Secretariat, I.P. Estate,
New Delhi-110002

Sub: Muslim Girls want to study – Delhi Government School says NO

Dear Madam,

3 young girls in the age group 6-7 years belonging to Muslim Community have come to my office today morning complaining that they want to go to school to study, but a Delhi Government School at Patparganj is not admitting them in school on the excuse that the school does not have seats for them. It is all shocking that despite Constitutional Guarantee to these children, a State-run school has denied them admission. It appears that the Government is least interested in the education of the children belonging to the minority community like Muslim, otherwise it would not have happened.

Nasima Khatoon (DOB 26.01.2006) d/o Mohd Mustafa, Shenaj (DOB 07.08.2007) d/o Sadray Alam (M-9213982480) and Jasmeen (DOB 22.10.2006) d/o Aslam, all resident of E 77/224, Nehru Camp, I.P. Extension, Patpar Ganj, Delhi-110092 have been illegally denied admission by Sarvodya Kanya Vidyayala, Patparganj, Delhi-91. It is a very serious matter. Even after 65 years of independence and three years of RTE Act, 2009, the Government Schools are still not sensitive and child-friendly.

You are requested to kindly look into the matter and do the needful on urgent basis.

With regards,

Ashok Agarwal, Advocate
National President, AIPA

On April 5, 2013, Manoj Padhi wrote in “Re: [pmarc] Muslim Girls want to study – Delhi Government School says NO

Dear Mr. Agarwal:

Do you mean to say that there is no maximum seat limit per school and one school can admit any number of students ?

Your mail is not clear about
-what is the maximum seats in that school for that particular class ?
-whether all the seats are filled up.
-whether these 3 girls have applied admission on time ?
-whether they failed to meet the minimum selection criteria ?

If you are writing to a minister, please include the above details.

Just because the girls are from a particular religion – they don’t get automatically qualified if the admission is over and maximum number of seats filled up.

In India, any student can approach to any school. They should look for a school, where some seats are vacant.

Manoj Padhi

(Peoples Media Advocacy & Resource Centre – PMARC initiated with the support from a group of senior journalists, social activists, academics and intellectuals from Dalit and civil society advocates and facilitates Dalits issues in the mainstream media. The primary objective of the PMARC is to create proper and adequate space with the Dalit perspective in the mainstream media national/International on Dalit issues.)

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