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Plea in HC for education of child inmates

Plea in HC for education of child inmates

TNN Sep 9, 2012, 01.41AM IST

NEW DELHI: The government-run Asha Kiran Home, already in the dock for human rights violation of its residents, is also guilty of depriving its 386 mentally retarded children of their right to education, alleged civil rights lawyer Ashok Aggarwal. He urged the Delhi high court on Friday to pass directives ensuring these children's education.
Aggarwal is part of the Directorate of Education's monitoring committee tasked with identifying institutes that require special educators for children with special needs. A division bench of acting Chief Justice A K Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw reserved order on Aggarwal's application after hearing his contention.

The advocate said the right to education of these mentally retarded destitute children in the age group 5 to 18 years is being violated, and also these children are denied their right to study in a mainstream school.
According to Aggarwal, the children are not enrolled in any school and no facility has been provided for their education due to inaction on the part of the Delhi government.
The lawyer told the court that in 2010, a team from the Directorate of Education visited the home to identify children entitled to be enrolled in the mainstream school and help them get admission in a nearby school. During the visits, resource teachers assessed 392 children in the age group 5 to 18 years. The panel found that 32 boys and 12 girls were educable, 83 boys and 61 girls trainable, 77 boys and 43 girls educable and trainable while 45 boys and 30 girls were ADL + custodial. tnn

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