Bombay High Court Permits 19-Year-Old With Internet Gaming Disorder to Retake Class XII Improvement Exam  

Bombay High Court Permits 19-Year-Old With Internet Gaming Disorder to Retake Class XII Improvement Exam  

Bombay High Court Permits 19-Year-Old With Internet Gaming Disorder to Retake Class XII Improvement Exam  

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8 July 2024

A significant decision by the Bombay High Court to allow the 19 year old boy to retake the Class XII improvement exam. It’s good to see the recognition of his circumstances regarding depression and Internet Gaming Disorder.

The judges at the Bombay High Court, Justices A S Chandurkar and Rajesh Patil, made a ruling on July 4, stating that the 19 year old boy should have the chance to retake his Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) improvement exam for the sake of justice.

The boy mentioned in his plea that he had consistently been an above-average student, scoring between 85-93 percent marks until Class XI. However, due to depression during his Class XII exams in March 2023, he could only secure 316 marks out of 600.

The petitioner mentioned that he received treatment for depression and anxiety from July 2023 to December 2023. He also stated that he was diagnosed with Internet Gaming Disorder during treatment at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre Hospital, which prevented him from taking the re-examination in July 2023.

The petitioner shared that he went to the High Court because his college denied his request to take the improvement exam in March 2024. He mentioned that there is another chance for the improvement exam on July 16 this year. The bench examined the boy’s medical reports and noted that he was receiving treatment for Internet Gaming Disorder.

The High Court, in the concern of justice, stated that the petitioner can appear in the July 2024 examination if he submits the necessary application to the college requesting permission to do so, along with paying any required late fees. The examination is scheduled to begin on July 16.

° What about other students  and they too need a second chance to improve themselves is this a right decision?

In this case, the High Court made a decision based on the specific circumstances of the petitioner, considering his medical condition and the missed opportunities to improve his marks earlier. It’s necessary to remember that each case is unique and different and decisions are made based on the facts presented. 

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