Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj invited the young Pakistani refugee, Madhu at her residence on Saturday evening, three days after media reported that schools across Delhi have denied her admission.
Swaraj had put out a tweet to meet her; post her followers tagged her to the news report highlighting her plight. Madhu and her family had to flee from Pakistan’s Punjab overnight fearing religious persecution. She couldn’t carry the necessary documents, thereby rejected enrollment in school, which seeks mandatory certificates. “All I want is to study. I enjoy studying,” says 16 year old Madhu.
She had earlier approached advocate and activist Ashok Agarwal, who then wrote to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for intervention. She was in tenth standard when she left Pakistan. Her uncle Jevar said that they were turned down by several government schools on the ground of not possessing transfer certificates. Even Aadhar Card couldn’t compensate for her refugee status.
Madhu and her family hopes that she will be given an equal opportunity to study,where a displaced status will not be cited as a hinderance.