Include HIV+ children in disadvantaged group for imparting free education: Supreme Court

first_imgA bench of Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justices D Y Chandrachud said that so far, 11 states and one Union territory have issued a notification effecting a change in the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 to also include HIV positive kids in the “disadvantaged group”.As no objection has been raised by the remaining states which have not yet issued the notification, it is being presumed that they are agreeable to the proposal, said the top court.While disposing of a PIL filed by NGO ‘Naz Foundation’ seeking special treatment for HIV-positive kids in schools across the country, the bench said, ”In view of absence of such objections, we direct all remaining states (except Jammu and Kashmir) to issue notification in eight weeks.”Students with AIDS to be included in ‘disadvantaged group’ Earlier, the top court had asked the state governments to consider issuing a notification to include children living with or affected by HIV as belonging to a disadvantaged group for imparting compulsory education. The states which are not willing to come out with the notification will have to give reasons in an affidavit as to why they are considering not to do so.It had asked the Centre to communicate the instant order to all secretaries in department of schools in the state.Senior advocate Anand Grover, appearing for NGO Naz Foundation, which has been working in the field of HIV-AIDS, had submitted that children living with or affected by HIV are segregated and in many cases and compelled to leave schools even though there was zero risk of transmission of the disease.advertisementGuidelines to be framedIn its plea, the NGO had sought framing of guidelines to prevent any kind of discrimination against students due to their HIV status or that of their parents or guardians. It had said that according to a National Aids Control Organisation report, the total number of people living with HIV in India was estimated at around 20.9 lakh in 2011 and 1.45 lakh were children less than 15 years of age.Read: Provide self-defence classes to government school girls in Delhi: High Court Read: Spreading football love: UP government schools to promote the sport among students For information on more latest news and updates, click here.last_img

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