Differently abled girl appeals against a Dwarka school in Delhi High Court

The minor with a disability has filed a case against the school for not abiding by the agreement to serve her special needs

New Delhi, Dwarka-  This case came into light recently but it was previously been filed in 2011 by the minor’s father Manpreet Singh Kapoor who alleged that two years after her admission in 2011, the management ignored her special needs and despite requests, harassed her “physically and mentally”.

The 13-year-old approached the court on Monday for the reasons that the private school didn’t provide her required assistance and basic facilities that were assured to her at the time of the admission. This issue was addressed by Justice C Hari Shankar, who observed that keeping in mind the sensitivity of the situation, a notice is already issued to the concerned school through the Directorate of Education and the commissioner of disability. The court has sought their stand in four weeks and listed the matter for further hearing on July 18.

Two advocates named, Zishaan Iskandari and Chandra Suman Kumar are appearing for the girl, seeking direction to the school in Dwarka to provide all the basic amenities and “respect” which are mandated under the Rights of Persons of Disabilities Act, 2016. The plea concerns that since her birth the girl has been suffering from a rare “congenital disease” known as “ Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita” with muscular dystrophy which resulted in the total permanent physical disability of 75 percent of the human body.

The plea included that none of the authorities even the Delhi Government, heard the girl’s father and the nearby neighborhood refused to give her admission too. “It was an utter shock to the father of the petitioner that none of the schools in the neighborhood had such facilities for disabled children”, the plea comprised, which forced the girl to continue in the same school undergoing through the mental and physical trauma persistently due to the respondent’s negligence (the school) towards the girl with special needs. We can say that people nowadays are more engrossed into making money and somewhere forget the larger aspect of humanity to help those with sufferings who require special attention.

-Prerna Chadha

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