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Schools support striking docs

Students of Delhi?s prominent private schools visited AIIMS on Wednesday to extend their support to protesting medicos.

india Updated: May 19, 2006 02:48 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent

Students of Delhi’s prominent private schools visited AIIMS on Wednesday to extend their support to protesting medicos.

Students came from Delhi Public School, Modern School, Gyan Bharti and Apeejay to show solidarity with the strikings doctors. “Over 60 school students visited us,” said Dr Anurag Mishra of Youth for Equality, spearheading the anti-quota strike.

“We can’t protest openly being school students, but we feel the medical students’ struggle for merit is valid,” said a student.

Their principals denied any knowledge students had visited the protest site. “They must have gone in their personal capacity. The schools have nothing to do with this,” said Gyan Bharati School principal R.C. Shekhar.

Others are, however, of the opinion “as long as students don’t break the law, there’s nothing wrong with joining a protest.” “School students are merely showing their concern. In fact, we condemn the manner in which medical students were subjected to police atrocities. They were treated as terrorists when they were merely protesting peacefully,” said Usha Ram, chairperson, National Progressive Schools’ Conference (NPSC).

Ram said principals of most leading schools were against the treatment meted to doctors.

On Thursday, Ranju Minhas, who lives in Masjid Moth, joined the medical students’ protest at AIIMS. She has a reason for doing so.

“I wanted to become a doctor but could not despite having 76 per cent marks. This was in 1978. However, my friends with 50 per cent marks got through because they had caste certificates,” she said. “My seat went to someone less deserving. Why should that happen to my daughter?”

“Reservations will affect me and my children,” said Ranju’s 18-year-old daughter Sahiba, who studies in Venkateshwara College and came with her mother.

The mother-daughter duo were not alone. Around 20 women from different areas like Defence Colony, Asiad Village, Masjid Moth and Malviya Nagar on Thursday came together under the banner ‘Women Task Force of Delhi RWAs Joint Front’ to protest the proposed quotas.

Among the protesters was 79-year-old Uma Bhasin. “Reservations are the reason why our children go abroad. Now my grandchildren will suffer more than my children did due to this,” she said.

“We have plan to continue our protest till there is a rollback,” said Geeta Bhargava of Defence Colony RWA. “Our children are also like these medical students, that is why we decided to protest.”

First Published: May 19, 2006 02:48 IST