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A call to our conscience From the Secretary's Desk

It’s the calls that keep coming… from Cuffe Parade to Antop Hill, from Wadala to Worli, from Kalbadevi, Dongri and Pydhonie. First for just basic decency and dignity of living; rations, food. Then desperation to get home, with the mess ups in Shramik trains, the vulnerability to touts, arduous is a word that does not…

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Migrant Diaries: Tinku Sheikh “If not for obhab (want), why would we leave our birthplace,” asks the migrant worker from West Bengal

The heart-rending spectacle of migrant workers struggling to negotiate the Covid-19 lockdown is unfolding before us in real time. The term ‘migrant worker’ however hides behind it people who have extraordinary tales to tell – tales of daily struggles big and small, Homeric journeys, the little joys that make up life and stubborn fears that…

CJP helps reunite detention camp inmate with his daughters in Assam Rahman Ali was released from a detention camp after CJP’s intervention

On Tuesday June 2, Rahman Ali, a Goria Muslim man belonging to an indigenous group in Assam, was released on conditional bail from the Goalpara Detention Camp after CJP stepped in to organise sureties and complete his bail formalities. But the true reward lay in reuniting Rahman with his three daughters. 39-year-old Rahman Ali hails…

CJP Impact: Four people released from Tezpur Detention Camp Previously released detainees pay it forward by referring new cases to CJP

In yet another victory, CJP has been able to secure the release of three men and one woman from an Assam detention camp. The inmates were released on conditional bail in accordance with a Supreme Court order. Banesha Khatun, Banamali Das, Rajendra Das and Binod Das, had all been languishing behind bars for over two…

CJP partners with #HaqHai to reach out to migrants leaving Mumbai CJP Against COVID-19

Many migrant workers are gathering in huge numbers at bus stops, waiting to reach their state borders. Although some measures have been made for their transport, there are still many struggling to get home. CJP, in association with our partners #HaqHai, have reached out to the migrants, delivering water and essentials to those undertaking these…

CJP helps secure release of Bihari man dubbed Bangladeshi in Assam! Lalit Thakur had been languishing in a detention camp since October 2016

Lalit Thakur has had an eventful life. He was a barber from Bihar whose family had moved to Assam. Then he lost his home during ethnic clashes in the state. But never in his life did the 58-year-old expect to be declared a ‘foreigner’ in his own country and sent to a detention camp! After…

सीजेपी की बड़ी जीत, डिटेंशन कैंप के तीन और कैदियों को रिहा कराया तीनों हिंदू कैदी बेहद गरीब परिवार के हैं. इनमें से एक के पास कोई घर भी नहीं है.

पिछले साल (2019) मई और इस साल (2020) अप्रैल में सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने दो फैसले सुनाए थे. शीर्ष अदालत के इन फैसलों से असम के डिटेंशन कैंपों में डाले  गए लोगों की सशर्त रिहाई का रास्ता साफ हुआ है. CJP इन लोगों की रिहाई की लगातार कोशिश में लगा है. CJP की कोशिश की बदौलत…

CJP in Action: Three of a family released from Assam detention camp after four years! Many are still languishing behind bars despite being eligible for bail

Three people of a family; father, mother and son, were finally released from the Tezpur detention camp in Assam after CJP intervened in the case. They had been held in captivity for over four years and were unable to satisfy bail conditions despite being eligible for release. CJP’s Team Assam has been working relentlessly to…

CJP steps in to defend citizenship of freedom fighter’s daughter in Assam Septuagenarian Seje Bala Ghosh's father was close associate of Chandrashekhar Azad

70-year-old Seje Bala Ghosh is in shock. This daughter of a freedom fighter and resident of North Bongaigaon (ward no 10) has been served foreigners’ notice by the Foreigners’ Tribunal of Bongaigaon, despite the fact that her name has been included in final National Register of Citizens (NRC) that was published on August 31, 2019!…

Family migrates from WB, son declared foreigner in Assam! Gauhati HC upholds Tinsukia FT’s order, does not accept land documents as proof

Even as the poor, the unlettered and the dispossessed worry about proving their citizenship in the absence of having proper documents, it turns out even when one has them there is no guarantee that they will be able to prove their case. Munindra Biswas learnt this the hard way. Now that the final NRC has…

School headmaster’s testimony missing, Assam woman declared foreigner Gauhati HC uphold's FT order, insists on testimony of issuing authority to authenticate documents

In yet another example of how challenging it has become for people to prove their citizenship, the Gauhati High Court has ruled that a school leaving certificate needs to be authenticated by providing the testimony of the issuing authority. The court ruled against the suspected foreigner in the case because she failed to get her…

Allegations of inclusion of ‘ineligible’ people in Assam NRC State coordinator seeks details from DRCRs of all districts

There appears to be no respite for people of Assam. Some are likely to suffer even though their names have been included in the National Register of Citizens (NRC) that was published in August last year. Now, in a letter addressed to all Deputy Commissioners and District Registrars of Citizens Registration (DRCR) of all districts,…

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