October 2017 News

HC Sore Over Delay In Deportation Of Trafficked Rohingya Girl From Kashmir

16 October 2017
Kashmir Reader
Nusrat Sidiq

Srinagar: The high court has pulled up the central government for delaying deportation of a Rohangya girl who was sold to a man in Kashmir for Rs 80,000. 'Two years on and you are yet to deport the minor Rohingya back,' a division bench of high court tersely observed. 'The minor has been trafficked to Kashmir illegally and from two years she has not been deported, which is quite unfortunate,' the bench remarked. The division bench headed by Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmad and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey passed directions to Home Ministry to expedite the process and final the proposal of deporting minor back to her parents and country. The court made directions after the State Counsel, advocate BA Dar submitted that the recommendations have been forwarded to the Ministry of Home Affairs, government of India 'to take a call now'. Advocate Tahir Shamsi, assistant solicitor of India, representing union of India was told by court to file the updated status on next hearing in November. Previously, the court was informed that the documents of the girl were yet to be submitted. The court had also directed the secretary Juvenile Justice Committee of High Court to take necessary steps for preparing all the documents. UNHCR (Union Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) card has been issued to the minor, she now needs a stay Visa from the FRRO (Foreigners Regional Registration Office). The petition was filed in High Court by the minor's maternal uncle, Muhammad Firoz of Maungdaw, Rakian district of Myanmar who lives as refugee in Delhi. In 2015, the minor was kidnapped after riots in Myanmar and taken to Bangladesh illegally where from she was trafficked to India. She was sold to a man from Saliya in Anantnag district for Rs 80,000. Firoz moved the court in 2016 after he came to know about the whereabouts of the minor girl in Kashmir. In December 2015, the minor made a call to her parents in Myanmar and told them she was sold to a man in Kashmir and was made to marry him forcibly. Her parents made efforts to enter into territory of India through proper channel but all their efforts proved futile as the Indian government does not allow more refugees to enter its territory.