Sh. Najeeb Jung
Hon’ble Lieutenant Governor
Government of NCT of Delhi
Rajniwas, Rajniwas Marg
Civil Lines, Delhi-54
Subject: Class XII girl-student expelled by SKV, Badli for having married
19 years old Ms. Mehjabeen (M:9873382360), R/o C-232, J.J. Camp, Suraj Park, Badli, Delhi-42, along with her mother Ms. Sakeena Khatoon has personally approached me today with a grievance against Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya, Badli that the school has expelled her as she had got married in between the academic year. (Copy of letter from the student attached)
The girl was a student of Class XII in the current academic year 2014-15. She attended classes from 01.04.2014 to 15.04.2014 in Class XII in the school. As her marriage was scheduled for 17.05.2014, she went on leave w.e.f. 16.04.2014.
The school closed for summer-vacations w.e.f. 01.05.2014 and re-opened on 01.07.2014. However, having contracted Dengue towards the end of June, 2014, she could not resume schooling on reopening of school. Her mother informed the school about her illness and inability to attend the school and also proposed to submit a written application for medical leave. However the school authorities refused to accept the same. The mother also submitted her school-fee during her absence from the school.
On recovering from her illness, Ms. Mehjabeen went to the school on 02.09.2014 accompanied by her mother. But the school-Principal, in unequivocal terms, refused to allow the girl to attend the school, citing as reason that the company of a married student shall cast immoral influence upon other school-children.
The baselessness of the action on the part of the school Principal and the reasons given in its support is self-evident. It is extremely unfortunate that while a girl belonging to a minority community and hailing from a poor economic back-ground has been attempting to defy social taboos by choosing to continue her studies even after marriage, the Delhi Government school is hell bent upon thwarting her initiatives.
It is humbly submitted that in cases such as the present one, all possible help and support must be extended to the student to pursue her studies further, rather than demoralising and punishing her for a decision which is entirely personal and for which she is not even fully responsible as the same is largely of her parents.
You are therefore earnestly requested to direct the school-authorities to forth-with re-admit the student, extend all necessary co-operation to her to make up for the academic loss already incurred on account of her absence from school and not to victimise her in future on account of her marital status.
Ashok Agarwal, Advocate
National President, AIPA