All she wants is to study and become a police officer but 16-year-old Madhu’s dreams were shattered when a government school in Delhi denied her admission. Her fault? she is from Pakistan.
The school has refused to enrol Madhu , a Hindu refugee from Pakistan, as she does not have the necessary documents required to complete the formalities.
According to Madhu, it is impossible for her to arrange those papers which she left in Pakistan from where she and her family, fled religious persecution two years ago.
She has now appealed to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and HRD Minister for accommodating her in the government co-ed senior secondary school in Sanjay Colony in Bhati Mines area of South Delhi.
When Madhu left Pakistan two years ago, she was a 9th standard student and in Delhi, she wanted to continue her education from where she left off but the school refused to enrol her.
The school authorities claim that Madhu doesn’t have necessary documents required to complete the formalities. “We have no problem to take madhu admission but as per norms, she has to full fill all requirements as such transfer certificate/aadhar card/affidavit” Om Prakash Sharma, Vice principal of higher secondary school told india today”
Letter to Arvind Kejriwal
Narrating her ordeal, Madhu had written a letter to Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal but no reply has came her way so far.
But Madhu is determined to secure education for herself..
She has even approached the All India Parents Association with her grievance.
“The Pakistani Girl Madhu contacted me after the school refused her admission. I have written a letter to Delhi CM. When we provide Pakistani refugees with water, electricity connection and a house to live in, why can’t we also provide them education?. If we can’t then I doubt the validity of the Slogan ‘Beti Padhao, Beti Bachao'”, said Ashok Agrwal , a Social Worker and the Delhi Parents Association President.
Madhu had arrived in Delhi with her mother, brother, maternal uncle and her cousins two years ago from the Sindh province in Pakistan. Her father passed away a long time ago. After a few months, her mother left for Paksitan due to some personal issues.
As a student, Madhu faced discrimination in Pakistan. “In school, she felt unsafe and humiliated. Being a Hindu, she was not allowed to use glass to drink water and would rather use her hands for the purpose. Her class mates maintained distance from her,” said Madhu to india today.
Madhu’s family just want one thing and that is for their young daughter to be able to fulfill her dreams. Her brother Lakhbir said, ” I request the government to please provide Madhu with admission into a school”
The school may have turned her down but Madhu and her family are still hopeful that the government will help them at their time of need.
Source : India Today