Afghan Refugee Girl Barred From School for Not Having Aadhaar Card

Twelve-year-old Afghan refugee girl was allegedly asked not to attend classes since she doesn’t have an Aadhaar card

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An Afghan girl in Delhi has been allegedly asked by her school not to attend classes since she does not possess an Aadhaar card. The move has been challenged in the Delhi High Court.

Listening to the plea, the court on Thursday directed the AAP government to ensure that the 12-year-old Afghan refugee girl is allowed to study.

"We do not want a child to lose a year," a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Anu Malhothra said. It added:

Find it out. Please sort it out and tell us what you have (Delhi government) done. Then we will pass our order.

The court issued the direction to the state government after advocate Ashok Aggrawal apprised the court about a newspaper report on the alleged expulsion of a sixth class Afghan refugee girl Hadya, who was studying in a government school in Tilak Nagar area of West Delhi.

"The school is wrong in this case. This is a violation of the fundamental right to education which is available to every person, foreigner or refugee. A school cannot ask this student to leave on the ground that the student does not have an Aadhaar card," the advocate told the court.

It is being alleged that the Principal told Hadya's father that she cannot attend school if she does not possess an Aadhaar card, the counsel said.

(With PTI Inputs.)

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