Kids of Mirchpur migrants finally admitted to school

Children of Dalit families, who had left Mirchpur village in this Haryana district out of fear of the Jat community and are camping at the district headquarters for the last many days, have been finally admitted in a school. These 32 children have taken admission at Raja Ram Memorial government school here after the intervention of Hisar administration officials. Their families are currently staying at a farm-house here. So far many government and private schools had refused to admit these children as they do not wanted to offend the Jat community. “We have admitted the Dalit children to school. The administration has also provided them free textbooks and study material. We would also provide free transportation to these children,” a local administration official said on Saturday. “We would make sure that no child suffers on the front of education,” he added. Mirchpur village in Hisar district, about 300 km from Chandigarh, hit the headlines last year when some people from the dominant Jat community set fire to a row of houses of Dalit families April 21, killing a 70-year-old man and his 18-year-old disabled daughter and destroying 18 houses. As many as 150 Dalit families were driven out of the village and their homes were torched. Many of them returned after intervention by the Supreme Court and assurances by the state government. However, there was a fresh wave of migrations from the village following the recent Jat agitation in January this year.