CJP in Action: Volunteer Motivators and Public Campaigns in Assam Photo-feature: Our team creating awareness and offering assistance on the ground in Assam

05, Oct 2018 | CJP Team

There is something rotten in the state of Assam. Saken Ali was forced to spend five years in a detention camp because of a minor discrepancy in how his name is spelt in two different documents. A pregnant Rashminara Begum was dragged away to a detention camp because of another such discrepancy in her date of birth. The family of even the first Deputy Speaker of Assam’s Legislative Assembly was not spared… they were dubbed ‘foreigners’! Now CJP has swung into action to help people reclaim their rights as citizens.

After over 4 million people were left out of the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, CJP’s team kick-started a public campaign to provide relief and assistance amidst this brewing humanitarian crisis. Our team of Volunteer Motivators (VMs) have been organising people, creating awareness about the NRC Claims and Objections process and correct documentation for filing claims. After the Supreme Court’s directive to resume the Claims and Objections process from September 25, 2018, we have doubled our efforts. Here are some pictures.

Over four million people have been left out of the NRC draft, most of them from socio-economically backward communities. Now CJP, drawing from its previous experience in providing legal aid in Gujarat, will step in with a  multi-faceted team of lawyers and volunteers to ensure that these people receive a fair chance while filing claims across 15 of the worst affected districts. Your contribution can help cover the costs of a legal team, travel, documentation and technological expenses. Please donate generously here.

NRC awareness meeting organised by CJP at Bhulli Chuba Gaon Village under Udalguri District.

 

Baharul Islam, Volunteer Motivator, Nagaon counseling local educated youth to extend their helping hand in filling up Claim Applications for NRC.

 

Volunteer Motivator Majidul Islam, Barpeta personally counselling people whose names were dropped from the Final Draft of the NRC.

 

Meeting of Volunteers of Helpline Centre and State Team at Guwahati

 

NRC awareness Camp by CJP at Sidalsati under Bongaigaon District.

 

NRC related Awareness Meeting at Dighaldonga in Baksa District organised by All Bodo Minority Students Union (ABMSU) where Zamser Ali on behalf of CJP and BTAD Citizen Rights Forum attended as Chief Guest.

 

Shajahan Ali Ahmed, helping people understant NRC Claims application process at Jakhili Bilpathar, Baksa District.

 

NRC awareness meeting at Bagorgaon in Chirang District Where Zamser Ali on behalf of CJP and BTAD Citizen Rights Forum attended as Guest of Honour.

 

NRC awareness Camp at Various Places of Bijni under Chirang District by CJP and BTAD Citizen Rights Forum.

 

Demonstration at Deputy Commissioner office, Barpeta demanding solution of D Voters Problem. The demonstration was organised by Association for Protection Indian Citizenship Rights were CJP Volunteers played active role.

NRC related Awareness Meeting at Salmara, Tamulpur in Baksa District. Meeting organised by All Bodo Minority Students Union (ABMSU), Tamulpur District Committee. Zamser Ali and Advocate Shaiz Uddin Ahmed, Gauhati High Court attended as Chief Guest and Resource Person on behalf of CJP.

 

 

Related:

Assam man forced to prove Indian citizenship four times

Assam’s former Dy Speaker’s kin declared ‘Foreigner’

Gauhati HC Upholds NRC Coordinator’s order on siblings and family members of Declared Foreigners

Assam man’s wife declared ‘foreigner’, missing for 7 years!

 

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