The 14-year-old girl is about to be deported back to Myanmar from India when the authorities refused to accept her back. Meanwhile, she wants to be reunited with her parents in Bangladesh.
On April 1, the Indian authorities gave a surprise welcome when a request for the deportation of a Rohingya girl was refused by Myanmar.
Immigration officials in Myanmar refuse to accept the 14-year-old girl On the ground that the border gate between the two countries was closed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and that their country’s situation was not suitable for proceedings.
The girl was taken from the state of Assam in northeastern India to an international checkpoint along the country’s border with Myanmar for deportation. She was given back to the shelter where she lives in Silchar.
“She will continue to live in a temporary home. The deportation process will be restarted, but the outcome will depend on the situation in Myanmar, ”a police official said, who did not name it.
The episode drew wide attention from the media, with activists and NGOs disapprove The Indian government decided to expel the teenage girl to Myanmar. The workers at Nibedita Nari Sangsta (NNS) based in Silchar, where she was, were quote by the media said the girl did not want to go back to Myanmar. She is said to have begged to be reunited with her family in Bangladesh.
In 2017, the Indian Ministry of the Interior issued a directive to all states and united territories in the country that Rohingya “illegal migrants” must be identified and deported immediately. One year later, 40 people from the community already expulsion came to Myanmar after they finished their prison term for illegally entering the country from Bangladesh.
According to UNHCR, there is approx 17,000 Rohingya refugees in India, but there are also many people in the community in the country that have not been taken into account. They are mostly settled in Jammu, Hyderabad, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi-National Capital Region and Rajasthan.
On April 8, the Supreme Court ruled that refugees detained in Jammu could not be deported without following the due process. However, this order does not prohibit the government from continuing the deportation process in the future.
Bangladesh was reluctant to accept Rohingya refugees illegally crossing into India. Most of the refugees, up to nearly a million, are residing in camps in the country’s coastal Cox’s Bazar district.
Forced immigration of the Rohingya began in the late 1970s and only increased over time. More than 700,000 people were pulled from their homes in Myanmar’s Rakhine state at the end of 2017 following operations launched by Tatmadaw (Myanmar army). The reason for the military attack came after a series of raids on government facilities of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) militia by Ataullah abu Ammar Jununu, who was previously based in Saudi Arabia command.
It remains unclear how the 14-year-old Rohingya entered India about two years ago when she was detained by Silchar police in Assam along with three women from the same community. She was sent to a childcare facility run by Nibedita Nari Sangstha while the others were held in a detention center.
The police contacted the girl’s father at a camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh with a request to come to Assam with his passport to take her home. But he doesn’t have a passport, nor any official documents other than some of the other Rohingya refugees in the country that have been given digital documents.