“The media report further revealed that Kaluwara is surrounded on three sides by river water and by the border fence on the fourth. During heavy rain, the river floods fields and homes, forcing the residents to spend days on roof tops. The village houses 50 families and has only one primary school. Most of the girls studying in the primary school drop out after class 5,” the NHRC statement said.
The Commission has also sought a report from the Punjab government and asked it to mention what steps have been taken or proposed to provide better and hassle-free access to students in the area, either by building a new school at a nearby place or by providing better commuting facilities.
“The Commission has observed that it becomes imperative that the state government makes it possible for every child to get an access to the education system, without much hindrance or difficulty so that the fundamental significance of the life of an individual can be achieved,” the statement added.