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Delhi High Court to hear the petition on Asha Kiran deaths: seeks explanation from Delhi Government

Public Interest Litigation (PIL) also sought an investigation into the reasons for the alleged disappearance of around 250 inmates between 2001 and 2016

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'Asha Kiran'- A government run facility for women with mental disabilities, Credits- Equilibrio Informativo
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New Delhi, Feb 16, 2017: A new development has been made in the recent case of ‘Asha Kiran’- a government-run shelter home for women with mental disabilities, where a team of Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) found unreported deaths of 11 inmates in past two months and several discrepancies in a surprise inspection.

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The Delhi High Court on Friday will hear a petition seeking a response from the Delhi government on the cause of death of 11 inmates in Asha Kiran. The petitioner, social activist Salek Chand Jain, also urged the court to order registration of FIRs against the erring officials on the basis of the post-mortem reports.

Further, the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) sought an investigation into the reasons for the alleged disappearance of around 250 inmates between 2001 and 2016. The matter was listed for consideration on February 17.

Whereas DNA reported that the post-mortem reports of five inmates hinted at death due to starvation, DCW chief Swati Malliwal sent a notice to the secretary of Social Welfare Department and commissioned a separate committee to probe into this matter.

When our correspondent got in touch with Malliwal to get information about the notice that was sent to the Secretary of the Social Welfare Department, her Media Advisor informed that in reply to the notice, a report has been received from Social Welfare Department which is being assessed by the DCW.

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Advocate Sugriva Dubey said that many children are admitted every year in Asha Kiran but there are no records of those who go missing. “Even if they have gone missing, were they ever traced? Where is the record?” he questioned.

“Whatever is happening inside the home is highly objectionable and incorrect. Even the RTI replies given by the authorities are not satisfactory. They don’t divulge any details and the information provided is not up to the mark,” Dubey said to DNA

In his plea, Jain cited few parts of the investigation report of Delhi Commission for Women (DCW). He said the DCW team conducted surprise inspection at Asha Kiran and found that inmates were walking around the corridors in the naked state.

The social activist further mentioned the overcrowding at the home and said the court should take steps to put an end to such incidents. He also stated many missing children and inmates have not been traced till date.

The home, which has a capacity for 500 inmates but houses over 900 people.

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The deplorable living condition at the Asha Kiran came under scanner after an investigation by DCW where its team headed by DCW chief, Swati Malliwal, carried out a surprise inspection at the premises and shared the horrific details, including inmates walking around naked inside the home.

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Publishers Body Welcomes HC Order Lifting Non-NCERT Book Ban

"The ruling, in addition to providing convenience to children and parents, will also enable them to choose books depending on their preference,"

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Good education can reduce the impact of childhood abuse. Pixabay
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The Association of Publishers in India (API) on Tuesday welcomed the Delhi High Court order which stipulated that sale of non-NCERT books must not be disallowed in CBSE-affiliated schools, calling the practice “discriminatory”.

“The court decision exemplifies the point that an ideal education system is the one that recognizes the role of multiple stakeholders and is learner-centric. The decision has been welcomed by not just students and parents but also by schools, private publishers, authors and others as it symbolizes ‘freedom of choice’ in education,” the representative body of publishers of academic texts said in a statement.

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“The ruling, in addition to providing convenience to children and parents, will also enable them to choose books depending on their preference,” it said.

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Arguing that the sale of books, stationery and other items sold by the school be treated as “essential requirements”, the court last week in a decision refused to put a ban on these activities. Pixabay

 

In doing so, the court overturned the April 2017 injunction issued by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), which asked affiliating schools not to indulge in “commercial” activities.

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The court said the availability of uniforms, non-NCERT reference books or even food items for sale only to the students of the school does not fall in the category of and cannot at all be considered as commercialization.

Earlier in its circular, the board had asked the schools to “desist from the unhealthy practice of coercing parents to buy textbooks, notebooks, stationery, uniforms, shoes, school bags etc from within the premise or from selected vendors only” and directed them to operate as doing “community service” as per the board by-laws.

Minister of State for Human Resource Development Upendra Kushwaha, in December last year, told Parliament that CBSE has not directed students or schools to buy or prescribe NCERT books only. (IANS)