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Parents meet district official

Bongaigaon, Feb. 7: The Bijni sub-divisional officer today met the parents of a nursery student of an English-medium school in Chirang district of Assam, which had denied admission because the child did not get his uniform from a certain shop.

Masud Karim, 38, an activist of Anti Corruption and Crime Investigation, a Haryana-based NGO, admitted his only son Rizwan Karim, 3, in nursery on December 16, 2013, for the 2014 session at Holy Child School in Bijni, 3km from his residence at Nachanguri in Bongaigaon district.

Karim today appeared before Bijni sub-divisional officer (civil) Bishnu Kamal Bora for a hearing on the matter.

The school authorities had cancelled the admission of his son after Karim allegedly failed to buy the uniform materials from a particular shop.

Karim had lodged a complaint against the school authorities with Bongaigaon deputy commissioner Shankar Prasad Nandi on January 11. He had also sent the copies of the complaint to chief minister Tarun Gogoi, chief secretary Jitesh Khosla, education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, Chirang deputy commissioner Virender Mittal and Bijni sub-divisional officer (civil) Bishnu Kamal Bora the same day.

“But I got a response only from the Chirang deputy commissioner who instructed the Bijni sub-divisional officer (civil) to hear my complaint today,” Karim said.

Bora sent a letter on January 24 evening in which he asked me to appear at his office chamber for the hearing. “During the hearing today, Bora sought my identity to ensure my association with the Haryana-based NGO before asking me to submit a written statement on my grievances against the school authorities,” Karim said.

He said he would send the same complaint to the state commission for protection of child rights on February 10 and thereafter move Gauhati High Court against the school authorities.

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