Boy with autism seeks nursery admission, Delhi HC asks govt to reply
The Delhi high court sought response from the Delhi government on a plea filed by a boy suffering from mild autism who requested to be allowed admission in nursery class under the Children With Special Needs category.india Updated: Feb 14, 2017 21:26 IST
The Delhi high court sought response on Tuesday from the Delhi government on a plea filed by a boy suffering from mild autism who requested to be allowed admission in nursery class under the Children With Special Needs (CWSN) category.
Justice VK Rao asked the Delhi government to file a reply on the plea of Parth Bhatia, aged four years and 10 months, who is suffering from mild autism. The court listed the mater for February 28.
The court was hearing an application filed by Bhatia’s parents, who challenged a January 9 circular claiming that it has arbitrarily clubbed CWSN with the Economically Weaker Sections and Disadvantaged Group category.
The application filed by advocate, RK Kapoor, sought the court’s direction to grant separate quota for CWSN students in admission, out of 25% reserved for the EWS/DG category in private unaided recognised schools.
The counsel told the court that the petitioner’s fundamental constitutional and other civil rights are being violated.
“It is urged that, statutorily, quota for CWSN stands inbuilt within the 25% quota earmarked for children belonging to EWS and DG, which is violative of article of the Constitution. There should be a separate quota for CWSN,” the petitioner said in his plea.
The counsel added that disabled persons require special attention in order to cross the barriers that they face.
“This categorisation of children with disability, thus, stands distinct from others mentioned in the broader category of ‘disadvantaged group’,” the plea said.
First Published: Feb 14, 2017 21:22 IST