16 year old Pakistani immigrant Madhu calls it a dream come true moment when she attended her first day at school on Wednesday in a government school at Bhatti Mines in South Delhi.
The story of Madhu and her family’s plight in Pakistan where they suffered persecution because of their religion is a live example of how Hindus are treated in that part of the world which compelled them to cross the border and come to India.
The school in which she studied in Pakistan also treated her badly so much so that the teachers themselves maintained distance with her only because she is a Hindu.
Upon her arrival in India she faced lot of difficulties in getting admission in a school due to issues of documentation. This incident was picked up by the media which made an emotional connect with External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj who latter met Madhu at her residence and assured her of a seat in a nearby government school. Later the EAM made a request to CM of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal to make arrangements for the child’s education who further directed to his deputy Manish Sisodia to look into the matter.
The family was extremely delighted when they received a call from the education department who asked whether MAdhu could be admitted in standard VIII. The family maintained their position that she had already studied till IX in Pakistan and that two years have been lost after their arrival in India and they cannot afford anymore losses. Madhu finally got admission at a government school at Bhatti mines at standard IX.