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HC directs private school to provide hostel to two blind girls

Posted on Oct 05, 01:57PM | UNI

Delhi High Court today directed a private school to admit two visually-impaired girl students to Class 11 during the current session and also to provide hostel accommodation to them as they belong to very poor families.

A bench comprising Chief Justice D Murugesan and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw yesterday directed the government-aided school in Vikaspuri in west Delhi to undertake its social responsibility and allow the blind girls to continue staying their studies in class 11 and allow them hostel facilities too.

The court's orders came on a petition filed by an NGO Social Jurist seeking that the school should re-admit the girls in the same school where they had studied from class 6 to class 10.

NGo's advocate Ashok Agarwal said that the school had denied admission to Kumari Sita and Kumari Ranjana which is arbitrary and violates the fundamental right of the girls.

The Court had on last Wednesday told the school to consider taking back the girls to the school as well as to provide them hostel facilities as the school has an obligation towards poor and underprivileged children. 'each of us have to perform its social duties also, Justice Murugesan had said.

The NGO had argued that even though the chief commissioner for persons with disabilities and the directorate of education had intervened, the school did not grant admission to these unfortunate but deserving girls.

After the court directed the school to consider the plea of the girls the school today agreed to take back the students.

The two girls had been studying in the school since Class 6 and had appeared and passed Class 10 examination from there, and were using the hostel also, the petition said.

The school had refused admission to the girls on the grounds that the girls did not have any guardian and in case of any medical emergency a problem might arise as to who should be contacted to seek any advice.

But the school allowed the girls hostel facilities after mothers of both the girls came forward and stood surety for them