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The Delhi High Court Wednesday issued notice to the state government on a plea seeking directions to ensure conducive atmosphere for girls’ admission to a 350-year-old school in central Delhi.

A division bench of Acting Chief Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice R.S. Endlaw sought responses by July 18 from the government, the director of education, the Delhi Police and the management of the government-aided Anglo Arabic Senior Secondary School in Ajmeri Gate which was open only to boys till March.

The bench told counsel appearing for the government: “You have to take some measures as the atmosphere does not permit the girls to take admission in the school.”

The court’s direction came on a petition filed by Fatima Alvi who alleged that the school management March 26 resolved to admit girls from the current academic year but due to the allegedly non-conducive atmosphere not a single girl had taken admission.

Alvi alleged that the admission committee of the school was discouraging parents of girls from joining the institution.

She sought the court’s direction to the school management to take action against the members of admission committee and said: “A fear psychosis has been created in the entire campus….”

Submitting that the school was a minority institution, the petition said the court should direct the management to reserve some seats for girls.

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