The girl is likely to be handed back to NGO in Silchar, Assam, where she has been living. Her parents are in Bangladesh
NEW DELHI — The scheduled deportation of a teenage Rohingya girl did not take place after Myanmar border forces refused to accept her due to “internal disturbances” in their country, Assam Police and reports said.
The police team accompanying the girl were to hand her over to the other side at Moreh in Manipur but the Myanmar border forces did not open the gate, reported Hindustan Times.
The girl and the police team are now on their way back to Silchar, a town in Assam, where she lives with an NGO, Nivedita Nari Sangastha for the past one year.
The girl is likely to be handed back to the NGO, said Subhir Roy, who handles the Planning and Development department at the NGO. “We have been informed that the team has left the border area in Manipur on Friday morning and will reach Silchar by night.
Reports of her planned deportation had sparked criticism from activists who said it was wrong to deport her to Myanmar while she wanted to be sent to Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh where her parents are based.
“The situation in Myanmar is not yet conducive for voluntary return in a safe, secure, and sustainable manner, and returning the child to Myanmar may place her at immediate risk of serious harm,” a UNHCR spokesperson was quoted as saying by Reuters.
The process of her deportation was coming at a time when Myanmar is rioled with violence and protests following military coup and when Indian government has launched a process of detaining Rohingya refugees as they are treated as “illegal immigrants”.
Earlier last month, authorities in Jammu and Kashmir detained more than 160 Rohingya and put them in jail. Similarly, around 100 refugees were detained in Delhi in three different instances, including 80 in one swoop outside the office of the UN Refugee agency in Delhi.
The move prompted human rights lawyers to move the Supreme Court which on March 26 reserved an order in the matter.