Rape victim wants to sit in class 8 exam, JKBOSE fails to take decision

Jammu, October 07: In a very significant order passed by J&K High Court (Jammu Wing), Secretary Education Department and Secretary J&K State Board of School Education have been asked to take a final decision regarding the plea of a gang rape victim to be allowed to appear in the class 8 examination.

In view of the urgency involved in the case, bench of Justice Bansi Lal Bhat on Tuesday directed the functionaries to file a report with the Registrar Judicial of the High Court within two weeks period.

The petition was filed by Association for Social Health in India (J&K State Branch) on February, 14, 2015 seeking directions to the Secretary Education and Secretary BOSE to allow a victim of gang rape (identity withheld) to appear in middle standard examination as a special case.

The 16 years old victim is staying in a short stay home namely Neha Ghar at Kachi Chawni Jammu for women in distress since 2011 on the directions of Learned Judicial Magistrate 1st Class (Sub-Judge) Jammu. As per court orders, the victim is not allowed to meet anyone without prior permission.

However, for the last four years, the girl has been provided education inside Neha Ghar through home tuitions but in view of court’s order, she could not be admitted in Govt. Girls High School Kachi Chawni which is just opposite to the place she is staying. But now with the help of home tuitions, the girl is prepared to sit in the middle standard examination.

The petitioner has made a detailed representation to the Secretary School Education Department on February, 14, 2015 to allow the victim to sit for the exam as special case and the Justice Bansi Lal Bhat has appreciated the cause of the petition and also the enthusiasm of victim who wants to sit in the exam. The Secretary Education has failed to take any decision.

The justice has also directed the Secretary School Education Department to file a compliance report in this regard before the Registrar Judicial of the Court.

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