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Assam woman declared foreigner due to discrepancy in father’s name Gauhati HC upholds FT judgment

This is the story of Khairan Nessa a.k.a Moyran Nessa, a woman from Assam who was declared foreigner when an FT ruled that she was not the daughter of her ‘projected’ father. Her troubles began way back in 1998 when a case was registered against her under the provisions of the (now scrapped) IMDT Act.…

Census Data debunks claim of large-scale Bangladeshi immigration in Assam Migration data especially significant in light of CAA-NRC conundrum

Recently, much awaited migration data has been released by Office of the Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India. While demographers are presumably busy analysing the data, certain preliminary observations are noteworthy, especially in the context of Assam where strong allegation of large-scale illegal migration from Bangladesh has assumed greater significance post NRC. While data on foreign migrants do not distinguish between…

Person with two names confuses NRC officials Haphazard approach of authorities leads to inclusion of daughters, but exclusions of sons!

While helping people negotiate the tortuous journey of defending their citizenship in Assam, CJP’s District Volunteer Motivator (DVM) Majidul Islam came across a very interesting case of Abdul Hoque aka Buida Sheikh’s family in Kandapara village in Barpeta district. Abdul Hoque and his family lost their home due to floods in North Mayunburi village and…

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the CAB/CAA 2019 Untangling the complexities of the Citizenship Amendment Act 2019

What is Citizenship Amendment Act? It is an Act that proposes that all Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi or Christian refugees from Afghanistan, Bangladesh or Pakistan, who entered into India on or before the 31st day of December, 2014 without any valid travel documents such as passport, will be granted citizenship by naturalization on applying…

SC offers Relief to Assam Detention Camp Inmates

CJP in action in Assam: Reaching remote villages to render counselling and aid Reports from the ground

CJP is undeterred as it is steadily reaching more and more remote villages in Assam, reaching out to as many persons affected by NRC, as possible. The State co-ordinator of Assam, Mr. Zamser Ali visited Borbari village in Morigaon District, which is a part of greater Nellie, on December 3. There was no electricity in…

All India NRC: CJP reaches out to the women of Mumbra Big response to CJP's call for Mohalla Volunteers

Continuing with its attempt to build a grassroots movement against NRC, CJP reached out to the women of Mumbra and received an overwhelming response to its call for Mohalla Volunteers. Organised by Awaaz-E-Niswaan (Women’s Voice), the meeting was attended by about a hundred women who had a number of questions about documents and the proposed NRC.…

Ambiguous guidelines for ‘model’ detention camps raise questions MHA responses in Parliament divulge limited information

The Modi government had released ‘model’ detention centre a manual in January 2019 containing provisions that would govern the functioning of such facilities across India. Though the manual has not been made public, some information has become available via answers to questions raised in the Parliament. With the death toll in Assam’s detention camps touching 28,…

Bengali speaking workers face likely ban in Bengaluru apartments, what’s next? Most of these workers have been living in the city doing menial jobs for decades, after migrating from their home states

Anticipating police action and interrogation, many housing complexes in Bengaluru have decided to not employ Bengali speaking people as labourers or domestic help, especially minorities. In this quest of weeding out illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, many citizens have also been targeted which has led to this prejudicial ban, leading them to lose their livelihoods. The…

Teesta Setalvad in Hyderabad

Who Is An Indian: A Public meeting in Solidarity with Assam A Meeting to discuss citizenship and the plight of genuine Indian citizens in Assam

CJP along with People’s Union for Civil Liberties – PUCL & other organisations, held a public meeting in solidarity with the Assam NRC affected in Mumbai. Here’s a look at some of the discussions in the meeting. Related: In solidarity with Assam Poverty haunts family of Subrata Dey I would have attempted suicide again had…

Fear, loathing & dismay across ‘India-Bangladesh border’ in Bengaluru: NRC Sudipto Mondal for The Federal

  “That side of the road is Bangladesh, this side is India. We don’t go there and they don’t come here,” says Jamaal Hassan (43), sounding panicky. “The police should go after them, not us. We are Indians, it’s our birthright to live and work here.” Hassan is one of the 5,000 Bengali-speaking Muslim labourers…

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