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The Delhi High Court Wednesday sought a reply from the Delhi government and officials of a school as to why they were not able to provide immediate treatment to a girl whose eyes were injured in an incident in the institution.

A division bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Sanjiv Khanna issued notice to the director and secretary of the education department of the Delhi government and Vishwamitra Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya in east Delhi.

The court asked the parties to file their reply by April 20.

The bench’s observation came after they received a letter written by an NGO alleging that the school principal had failed to provide immediate treatment to Saima, a Class 11 student, and her father, being poor, could not afford to pay for the expensive eye treatment.

According to NGO Patrons for Poor People’s Foundation (PPPF), Saima had March 1 gone out of the classroom to drink water when some boys from outside pelted stones at her which damaged her eyes.

“The principal of the school failed to provide immediate treatment to the girl and sent her back to her house. When the girl’s parents took her for treatment, they were told the treatment would be expensive,” said the letter the NGO sent to the high court.

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