Arvind Kejriwal seeks report after Delhi school confines 16 kindergarten girls in basement over non-payment of fees

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday sought a report from the education department after it emerged that a school in the national capital had confined 16 students in the basement for not paying school fees.

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Kejriwal’s deputy, Manish Sisodia, tweeted, “Chief Minister @ArvindKejriwal has sought report on Rabia Public School issue. He has called Secretary and Director education with all facts.”

Meanwhile, the Delhi Police has also filed a case against the school in the matter.

In a shameful act of cruelty, a private school for girls in national capital Delhi’s Hauz Qazi area confined 16 kindergarten students for nearly 5 hours on Tuesday.

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An official said that the Delhi Police had registered a case against the school for allegedly confining kindergarten students in the basement for not paying school fees.

The police said that the incident came to light after they were informed by some parents that 16 children were confined to the basement by their teachers between 7 am to 12 noon in central Delhi’s Hauz Qazi area.

The police said that a case was registered against the school authorities, adding that they were looking for the person responsible for the incident.

Taking cognizance of the matter, CM Arvind Kejriwal will visit the school tomorrow and has sought a report from secretary and director of education on the matter and ensured action.

The incident came to light when parents of the girls came to pick them up from school and failed to find their wards in the classroom. “When I enquired from staff, I got to know that some children had been forcibly locked in the school basement during school hours without food. The children were let off only after we informed the police,” news agency IANS quoted one of the parents.

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Some parents alleged they had paid 6 months of fee in advance and even produced payment slips for the same.

A case has been registered against the school management and headmistress Farha Diba Khan under Section 75 of the Juvenile Justice (care and protection of children) Act and Section 342 (wrongful confinement) of the IPC, at the Hauz Qazi police station.

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Headmistress Farha Diba Khan, has ridiculed the report and claimed that the basement is a “play area” for the children where two teachers watch over the children.

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