In the light of recent rapes of minors from economically weaker sections, Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) Thursday urged Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia to formulate a policy for admitting such children under a special quota in government schools.
In a letter to Sisodia, DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal recommended that “these victims be given admission under the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) Quota in the Nursery admissions of 2016-17”.
Maintaining that the identity of these children be kept confidential, Maliwal further said, “It is recommended that the Delhi Government create a uniform policy to ensure a special quota for child rape victims to be admitted in Nursery under EWS category. These children are the victims of utmost cruelty and are in urgent need of support from the Delhi Government. I sincerely hope that the Education Department will immediately act upon the recommendations and facilitate these admissions.”
Referring to rape cases which took place in Delhi in the last two months, Maliwal spoke about the rape of a four-year-old girl in north west Delhi’s Keshav Puram, two other incidents involving rape of a two-and-a-half-year-old girl in West Delhi’s Nangloi area, a five-year-old raped by three men in East Delhi’s Anand Vihar and a seven-year-old girl in the Neb Sarai area, who is recuperating from a surgery in AIIMS.
“Upon visiting the 4-year-old girl, I was absolutely shocked to learn that the girl had to undergo 2-hour-long surgery as her private parts were badly mutilated. The bruises and the marks on her body completely shook me. The girl belongs to the poorest of the poor section of the society and her parents have absolutely no means to ensure proper rehabilitation of the girl,” Maliwal wrote.
She further said, “Recently, another 7-year-old girl was brutally raped and is recuperating from a surgery in AIIMS hospital. Again, her parents are extremely poor.”