‘Tensed’ Assam Woman Commits Suicide Ahead of NRC List

A woman, whose name did not appear on India’s draft National Register of Citizens, arrives to collect forms to file an appeal  in Mayong, east of Guwahati. — AP file photo

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GUWAHATI — What if my name is not included in the state’s final National Register of Citizens (NRC) list? This thought only created tension in the mind of an Assamese woman and she took extreme step of committing suicide even before the publication of the list on Saturday, according to villagers.

The incident took place at No 1 Dolabari village, as Shayera Begun committed suicide shortly before the state’s final National Register of Citizens (NRC) list was released.

Residents of the village said the victim jumped in a well in the backyard of her house.

“She was tensed about inclusion of her name in the NRC,” said some of the villagers, adding that she thought non-inclusion would land the victim and her family in detention centres, reports IANS.

However, Sonitpur Superintendent of Police Kumar Sanjit Krishna dismissed the claim, saying: “The woman was mentally ill. We were told that she jumped into the well and committed suicide. Names of all the members of the family were included in the NRC.”

The final list was published on Saturday morning. Some 19,06,657 people have been excluded from the final list, which names 3,11,21,004 people as Indian citizens.


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