Rohingya minor’s visa: HC directs SLSA to submit her documents to FRRO

The High Court on Thursday directed State Legal Services Authority (SLSA) to submit papers of a minor girl, Parveena, from Rohingya community of Myanmar to Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO), Union Home Ministry, so that stay visa is issued to her.
Rohingya minor’s visa: HC directs SLSA to submit her documents to FRRO

The High Court on Thursday directed State Legal Services Authority (SLSA) to submit papers of a minor girl, Parveena, from Rohingya community of Myanmar to Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO), Union Home Ministry, so that stay visa is issued to her.

The minor had been allegedly kidnapped from Myanmar and brought to Delhi where she was sold for Rs 80,000 to a man in Kashmir.

"Papers pertaining to Parveena in relation to application for stay visa be furnished to concerned authority (FRRO) and secretary State Legal Service Authority shall assist in the matter," a division bench of Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Ali Muhammad Magrey said. 

As Chairman High Court Legal Services Committee, Justice Magrey is monitoring the case.

In the wake of earlier court directions, Government of India as also state government had assisted the girl for her interview by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and she had got a refugee card subsequently. 

While the minor has been issued UNHCR refugee card following the court directions, she now needs a stay visa from the FRRO.

According to the petition filed in High Court here by the minor's maternal uncle, Muhammad Firoz of Maungdaw in Rakian district of Myanmar who lives as refugee in Delhi, the minor was kidnapped after riots of July 2015 in Mayanmar and taken to Bangladesh illegally.

"She was trafficked to India and finally sold to a man from Saliya in Anantnag district for Rs 80,000," says the petition.

Firoz through his counsel, Advocate Shah Faisal, moved the court in 2016 after he came to know about the whereabouts of the minor girl in Kashmir.

Parents of the minor in Myanmar had moved from pillar to post to trace out her whereabouts but could not find any lead. "The family had tried to lodge a missing report but for hostile situation against Rohinga community it was dumped," says the petition.

It was in December 2015 that the minor made a call to her parents in Myanmar telling them she was sold to a man in Kashmir and forcibly made to marry him.

The petitioner submits that the parents of the minor left no stone unturned to enter the territory of India through proper channel but all their efforts proved futile as the Indian government does not allow more refugees to enter its territory besides strict Visa policy has been put in place by the Indian government.

The parents of the minor have finally contacted the petitioner who the brother of the minor's mother and narrated him the whole ordeal.

The petitioner came into contact with a person in Delhi who fortunately was a resident of Kashmir who extended him full support on his part. The petitioner somehow managed to find the whereabouts of the minor and reached the house in Saliya in Anantnag district where the minor was found.

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