A teenage Pakistani migrant was offered admission in a government school in New Delhi after Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj assured her of all assistance.
Madhu, 16, had migrated from Pakistan’s Punjab with her mother and siblings due to religious persecution two years ago. A student of grade nine, she had been unable to gain admission in India as all her documents had been left behind in Pakistan.
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Madhu’s story was brought to Swaraj’s attention after an article was published in The Hindu. The external affairs minister met the girl on Saturday and assured her of all assistance. She then phonedNew Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal asking him to ensure the girl gets admission in the government school of her choice. The CM assured her of all assistance.
Madhu - I have read this story in the media. Pl see me at my residence tomorrow evening at 7 pm. https://t.co/JfxBCX2Vz8— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) September 9, 2016
On Monday, New Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia met the 16-year-old Pakistani migrant and said the government needed to “walk the extra mile to accommodate her desire to pursue study in our school” by relaxing “all rules and regulations.”
Sisodia soon contacted Director and Secretary (Education), saying, “To accommodate the request of Madhu, a migrant girl from Pakistan, the government can consider relaxing whatever rules and regulations, if they come in the way of her joining our school.”
“Admission to Madhu may immediately be provided at any of our government schools located in Sanjay Colony, Bhattti Mines, Fatehpur Beri, New Delhi. She should also be given necessary books, uniform etc and we may facilitate whatever is required for the girl to study in our school,” he added.
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Further, he said, “Madhu has stated before me that she was studying in class IX when she left Pakistan. Due to peculiar circumstances, she is not in possession of any school leaving certificate, date of birth certificate etc. She wants to study and on humanitarian grounds, it is my considered opinion that we need to walk extra mile to accommodate her desire to pursue study in our school.”
An excited Madhu said, “I am very happy. Manish Sisodia ji met us early morning today. I will be going to school on Wednesday.”
This article originally appeared on The Hindu.