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Haryana School Students Allegedly Asked, 'Are Parents In Unclean Occupation?' In Admission Form

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| April 11 , 2018 , 12:18 IST

More than half a century after untouchability was abolished in India, private schools in Haryana allegedly asked prospective students in their admission forms whether their parents were engaged in "unclean occupations".

The two-page admission form given by private schools to students in Gurgaon and Panchkula, and possibly other areas across Haryana asks "Whether Parents engaged in 'Unclean Occupation'?" The form asked several other questions including caste, the name of parents as per Aadhaar card, the Aadhaar card numbers of the parents and whether parents pay income tax.

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Although the private schools claimed that the received a communication from the state education department directing them to extract the information from parents, Haryana state government officials denied that it has asked students for the personal information.

"This is to inform you that we have received the attached format from the Education Department to be filled in by parents of all Haryana schools. Please note that the information being sought is not for school records but for use by the Government of Haryana. There are some mandatory fields that are marked with the (star) symbol," a communication from one of the schools said.

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Communications in-charge of All India Congress Committee Randeep S Surjewala slammed the Manohar Lal Khattar-led Haryana government for the questions asked on the school admission forms, terming it as another attempt of 'surveillance' by the BJP government.

"Surveillance is the DNA of BJP. Khattar Govt issues a 100 point Students Admission Form. It is really a Surveillance of Parents/Students Form. Height of insanity is the kind of private info of parents being sought. Calling vocation of parents unclean is absurd," tweeted Surjewala.