Bengal govt moves apex court against deportation of Rohingya children

Report by: 
Sabyasachi Bandopadhyay
Kolkata
20 Sep 2017

The West Bengal State Commission for Protection of Child Rights has filed a PIL in Supreme Court against deportation of Rohingya children lodged in correctional homes and state-run homes.of the state.

The Echo of India has learnt this from chairperson of the Commission Ananya Chakrabarty who also expressed hope that the children would get justice in this way.There are 20 Rohingya children in the state's jails and 24 such children in state-run homes. On August 8 Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs dilip Kumar wrote to chief secretaries of all states requesting them to identify Rohingyas who had entered India and deport them. On September 18 the Centre filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court saying Rohingyas posed a security threat to the country as many of them had links with Pakistan-based terrorist outfits.

``We have filed the PIL in the Supreme Court seeking the court's intervention to stop deportation of Rohingyas as we think it is inhuman and against all established norms of the society. We wonder how these hapless children can be threats to national security,''Chakrabarty told Echo of India. Chief minister Mamata Banerjee has already said that she was against this order of deportation and according to her, not all Rohingyas were terrorists. Madhurima Dhanuka, Co-ordinator, prison reforms, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, who is working for the rights of Rohingyas said the move of the West Bengal Government would definitely help Rohingyas get justice.

``The directive of the central government was absolutely inhuman. The West Bengal government has taken the right move to protect the human rights of Rohingyas,'' Dhanuka told Echo of India.