Kerala High Court Seeks State Response

A helpless mother addressed the Kerala High Court on Thursday, alleging that her daughter, a survivor of sexual harassment, had been refused admission to a public school.

Judge Raja Vijayaraghavan V. ordered the head of government to obtain instructions and submit the reasons why the child victim cannot be accommodated in the defendant school.

The petitioner is the mother of a 17 year old child. The child was continuing his first year VHSC (FHW) course at the Victory VHSS Olathanni Assisted School. Due to abject poverty, she was staying at Christian Mission Children’s Home.

Lawyer R. Gopan represented the petitioner and argued that due to an unfortunate turn of events she was sexually abused.

As a result, a crime was registered at the Kunnikode Police Station, alleging offenses, inter alia, under Article 3 of the POCSO Law and Article 376 of the IPC.

It was argued that the school in which the child continued his studies was located near the house of the accused. It is also argued that the child is always mocked by some people.

In order to continue her studies, she applied for transfer admission to the government vocational upper secondary school.

The lawyer claimed that although there are enough vacancies in said school, for one reason or another, admission is denied. Several representations were filed before the respondents and the same is pending.

The Court will take up the case again on November 30.

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