Delhi HC: Allow Afghan Girl To Study Without Aadhar

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The Delhi High Court has directed the AAP government to make sure that a 12-year-old Afghan refugee girl be allowed to study despite the fact that she does not have an Aadhar Card.

Her school had allegedly asked her not to attend classes because she doesn’t have an Aadhar Card. “We do not want a child to lose a year,” a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Anu Malhothra said.

Advocate Ashok Aggrawal apprised the court about a newspaper report on how the Afghan girl had been told not to attend classes. She was studying in a government school in West Delhi.

“The school is wrong in this case. This is a violation of the fundamental right to education which is available to every person, foreigner or refugee,” said Aggrawal.

Recently, advocate Shyam Divan’s argument to the Supreme Court against making the Aadhar number mandatory for filing IT returns made news. Divan said that making Aadhar mandatory violates personal freedom. “The Aadhaar Act itself envisages free consent. The state cannot ask for my physical body unless with the citizen’s consent and in limited circumstances where the state has a vested interest,” he said.

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