Controversy over DPS Ranchi’s ‘One-Child Policy’

Ranchi: Delhi Public School’s offer of a preferential admission and fee waiver to single girl child with the condition that the parents must promise not to have another child in future has created much unrest.

As per media reports, the school’s proposition of ‘One-Child Policy’ has set an air of agitation amongst parents who queued up for admission in October this year.

Ranchi Abhibhawak Manch, a parents’ association, filed a public interest litigation (PIL) in the Jharkhand high court, seeking judicial intervention. According to the association, a written oath was not only illegal, but it also violated human rights.

DPS Ranchi, which demands an affidavit from parents of single girl child said it is in the larger interest of the girl child. On Wednesday, a division bench of Chief Justice Virender Singh and Justice PP Bhatt came to the conclusion that it was wrong to demand such an affidavit from parents. Notices were sent to the state government, DPS Ranchi and its parent body — DPS Society in Delhi — seeking their replies within four weeks.

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