NEW DELHI: External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday promised a Pakistani Hindu girl struggling to gain admission into a Delhi school that her admission procedures would be complete soon, ANI reported. Swaraj made the promise after discussing her problem with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
“I was struggling to get admission in school as I didn’t have an Aadhaar Card. The External Affairs Minister assured me that my admission will be done on Monday,” Madhu was quoted quoted as saying by ANI.
“Madam (Sushma Swaraj) had called me for admission. She assured me of admission. I hope she helps in my admission. She has spoken to Kejriwal ji. I will get admission on Monday. I was not getting admission because I don’t have Aadhar Card as I am a Pakistani,” Madhu said.
“I have come here to get my sister admitted in a Delhi school…We sought help from madam (Sushma). I hope my sister will now get admission,” Madhu’s brother Lakhvir said.
As per the Hindu report, Madhu’s family fled Pakistan because of religious persecution and came to Delhi two years ago. But no school is accepting her as she doesn’t have the required documents, having left them all in Pakistan.
Madhu was studying in Class 10 in Pakistan and is seeking admission in Class 9 in Delhi.
Her uncle Jevar told The Hindu, “In [Pakistani] school, she felt unsafe and humiliated. Being a Hindu, she was not allowed to use glass to drink water and would rather use her hands for the purpose. Her teachers maintained distance from her.”
This is how, this matter reached Sushma Swaraj
— Vivek Singh (@theAblaMard) September 9, 2016
Madhu – I have read this story in the media. Pl see me at my residence tomorrow evening at 7 pm. https://t.co/JfxBCX2Vz8
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) September 9, 2016
According to reports, Madhu had come to India with her mother, siblings, her uncle and cousins two years ago after they fled religious persecution in Pakistan’s Punjab.
However, this isn’t the first time this year that Swaraj has personally intervened to help a Pakistani Hindu immigrant in distress.
And here is the happy ending tweet
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) September 10, 2016