Rajasthan government stops Pakistani Hindu girl from appearing for 12th standard exam

Rajasthan board of secondary education stopped a Pakistani Hindu refugee girl from appearing for her 12th standard board examination. She was not allowed to enter the examination hall just because she had cleared her 10th standard from Pakistan. The migrant girl was facing religious discrimination in Pakistan and hence she moved to India with a view to pursuing further study.

The student was identified as Dami Kohli, who came to India from Sindh in Pakistan a few years ago. It is believed that she was facing religious persecution in Pakistan thereafter she moved to India for further studies. At present, she lives in Aanganwa refugee camp, around 20 km from Jodhpur. 

Dami claimed that she got admission to a local school in 2018 and passed the 11th standard from there. But now she is not being permitted to give her 12th exam which will be conducted next month. The teenage girl made a request to the education minister saying that she must be allowed to appear for her board exams.

State Education Minister Govind Singh Dotasara said the migrant girl would be allowed to appear in the examination. And that he would change rules for the same if needed. The minister said that they have written a letter to the Pakistani embassy seeking information about their syllabus.

Writer, historian, and activist Dharam Sikarwar is a very active author The Youth. He writes on national and international issues, environment, politics. He is an avid book reader as well.