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The group belonging to the Rohingyas community, an ethnic minority in northern Myanmar who had been camping near the dargah for a week, was driven out by the police. They now have scattered across the city, mainly near the Old Delhi railway station, Kashmeri Gate and Ajmeri Gate.
“We had a meeting with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and they asked us to go back to our country. They said they cannot do anything for us,” one of the refugees, Masood Mohammad said.
Meanwhile, at a makeshift refugee camp near Pir Baba, women lay under tattered tents, or, as in most cases, under bed sheets held up by four bamboo sticks, an unlikely respite from the summer heat in the capital. Young children and men roamed around aimlessly.
At first, the refugees camped at a small open area opposite the United Nations office in Vasant Vihar where they cooked, ate and slept out in the open for almost 30 days.
“We have been demanding refugee status in India,” said Zia-ur Rehman, one of the refugees. “Only a few of us have an asylum-seeker card, which does not give us any benefits. There is no ration, no food, no job, nothing,” he said.
People belonging to the Rohingya community are Muslim natives of the Arakan region in Myanmar. According to the United States Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, the origin of the name ‘Rohingya’ comes from ‘Rohang’ or ‘Rohan’, a name popularly assigned to the Arakan region in the ninth and tenth century.
However, these are different and should not be confused with ‘Rakhine’, another community that resides within the same region. The latter form an ethnic majority, and are of mixed Hindu and Mongolian ancestry.
A Human Rights Watch report says that the Rohingyas community has been subjected to abuse, exploitation and discrimination and they have been fighting to gain recognition as a ‘distinct ethnic group’ in Myanmar, and for equal opportunities in education and earning livelihood.
The Rohingyas community has also gone through many phases of forced exoduses from Myanmar, cites the report. The report chronicles their tale of mass migration from Mayanmar, first after the military coup in 1962, and for a second time in 1991-92.
As a result, close to 260,000 Rohingyas people were already living in refugee camps in Cox Bazaar, their first point of entry into Bangladesh, by 1992.
The Rohingyas have now been coming to India to find refuge and wants a refugee status. Read details here.
“But many of them managed jobs in Delhi” – HE. Sheikh Ahmed, a young 24-year-old refugee, came to India a month back. After staying in Aligarh for a while, he joined the protests in Delhi, and is now a part of the refugee group camped in the middle of nowhere. Most of the people, women mostly, are unable to speak in Hindi or English. Most of them have had no formal education, while some have been able to study up to class ten. They now work as rickshaw pullers or rag pickers in the city. “We face lot of exploitation in Myanmar, as we are not allowed to study. They also took our lands,” said 26-year-old Amir Khan. “I too wanted to study, but we came here to India for better prospects, hoping our children will be educated and we might be able to find jobs.” Khan works in a bangle factory nearby, and has been living in the capital on a meager monthly salary of Rs 3,000.
“Bangladesh is silently jeopardizing the demography of India by infiltrating Bangladeshi Muslims, now Rohingya Muslims – Bangladesh is acting as an enemy State.” – HE.
Having followed the migration of Rohingyas refugees into India, he said, the influx into India territory is not a new concept.
“The Rohingyas have coming to India since 1992,” Nair says.
He explains, “Technically, Bangladesh is their first point of entry. They enter Bangladesh through the Cox Bazaar, which is very close by to Chittagong.”
Unlike the ethnic Myanmarese who prefer to enter India through the state of Mizoram, as they can easily blend with the local population, the Rohingyas population usually takes the Bengal border or the Bihar-Kishangarh border to enter into the country, Nair said.
“Many of them would want to go to Pakistan and merge with the Muslim population there, but the LoC has become very stringent now. Hence, you will find many Rohingyas refugees who have lived in Jammu for a while and have now come to Delhi,” he added.
There are about a dozen police personnel stationed, but they say that they are not responsible for the safety of the refugees, and are only there to maintain law and order.
“We are here just to see that there is no law and order problem,” said Anil Sharma of Vasant Vihar police station. “Their safety has been taken up by the Jamiat Ulema,” he added.
Jamiat Ulema leader, Mahmood Madani, who is also a member of the Rajya Sabha, has written to Home Minister P Chidambaram to intervene and provide some assurance to the refugee status seekers from Mayanmar. Read full report here.
Actually Mahmood Madani has shown his tramp card of utter communal attitude. This man never uttered any words for the REHABILITION of Kashmiri, Bangladeshi or Pakistani Hindu refugees.
WHAT ABOUT THE REHABILITATION OF REFUGEE HINDUS FOR KASHMIR, BANGLADESH AND PAKISTAN? WHO WILL SPEAK FOR THEM?? IS INDIA A SAFE HEAVEN FOR EXTRA MUSLIMS ALL OVER???
CHECK THIS INFLUX/INFILTRATION OF ROHINGYA MUSLIMS IN DELHI OR EVERYWHERE IN INDIA. IS GOVT OF INDIA IS SLEEPING IN THE BORDER? HOW SUCH A HUGE NUMBER OF ILLEGAL BANDLAESHI AND ROHINGYS MUSLIM EXIST IN INDIA?? SHAME OF RULING PARTIES AND THE MUTE OPPOSITION TOO! OH HINDUS! FIGHT DIRECTLY TO CHECK THESE FOREIGN BODIES TO KEEP YOUR NATIONAL HEALTH PROTECTED. – Hindu Existence (HE).