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Look for boarding school to admit girl neglected by mother, says HC

The report also said that all her meals need to be carefully monitored.

Written by Aneesha Mathur | New Delhi | Published: October 2, 2014 12:55:29 pm

Days after appointing a committee of three lawyers to monitor the progress of a 13-year-old girl who had been pulled out of school by her mother, the Delhi High Court on Wednesday asked the committee to look into boarding schools in or near Delhi so that the girl’s health and diet can be monitored.

The girl’s father, who had separated from his wife in 2005, had filed a writ petition last year claiming that his ex-wife was
neglecting the girl.  Following this, on September 16, the court of Justice  Manmahon had appointed Delhi government counsel Ruchi Sindhwani, advocate  Ashok Aggarwal and advocate Rajshekhar Rao as amicus curiae to monitor the child.

The court had also ordered that the girl be admitted to a nearby government school as she had not received education beyond Class II.  However, the court found that the child had not attended classes for the last several days and pulled up the mother for failing to send her to school.

The girl’s medical report also indicated that her health was  fragile and that she suffered from a very low body mass index and stunted growth.  Medical experts had suggested a diet plan and treatment.

The report also said that all her meals need to be carefully monitored. It also said that the girl suffered from mental trauma and slow development. The court, on Wednesday, observed that girl’s dietary and healthcare needs could best be served by keeping her in a boarding school.

“The school must have counselors and medical facilities. The principal would have to personally monitor the girl,” the court said while directing the committee to look for a boarding school.

The committee has so far suggested day-boarding schools in South Delhi as the child and her mother reside in the area.  The court, however, noted that it was “better if the child goes to a boarding school to  ensure constant supervision”.

The court has now asked the committee to give its suggestions regarding schools by October 13.  The court also directed the girl’s mother and the committee to ensure that the girl attends the local government school till a private boarding school is
decided upon.

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