How would you feel if people around you are tortured, killed and raped? Bit helpless right? And how would you feel when you are not given an identity or in simple words, you are not recognized where you are living? Bit lost right? And the last question how would you feel if you trying to flee from the situation and nobody is accepting you as you are from the world’s most persecuted minority?
Now let me clear you one thing who are these people who are humiliated in such a way. They are the ‘Rohingiyas’ who are considered some of the most persecuted people in the world. They live in Myanmar, where Buddhist is in majority and they belong from the ethnic Muslim minority. They are living in the western coastal state of Rakhine. They have been denied citizenship and no one is giving them a national identity, be it Myanmar, Bangladesh or India. The situation is getting worst day by day and Rohingyas are tortured as restrictions have been placed on Rohingya’s people’s freedom of movement, access to medical assistance, education and other basic services.
Why the Violence Erupted?
On 25 August, militants attacked government forces because of which violence erupted and in response, Buddhist Militia launched a “clearance operation”. The operation has killed at least 1000 people and forced more than 310,000 to flee from their homes. The government claims that they are targeting terrorist group, “Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (Arsa)” who claimed responsibility for the August attacks. Around 310,000 had fled away to Bangladesh by 11 September. Bangladesh also does not consider the Rohingya to be a Bangladeshi and the one who are living there are considered as illegal immigrants which means they have to live a life of poverty, without the right to work or access to education.
Aung San Suu Kyi's refusal so far to defend the Rohingya has enraged the international community. She is being criticized for not taking a stand on the Rohingya crisis. In her first public address, she said, “People expect us to make things okay in a very short span of time. 18 months is a very short period of time to solve the crisis. We will rise to the challenge over time.” And further added, “We are concerned to hear that numbers of Muslims are fleeing across the border to Bangladesh,” Aung San Suu Kyi said her country stood ready “at any time” to take back refugees subject to a “verification” process.
Reason Why Centre Want To Deport Rohingyas
The government of India is in no mood to grant them refuge. The core reason behind it is because the community is recognized as illegal immigrants in India. The centre told the apex court that there are enough intelligence inputs to consider the illegal immigrants as, “serious threat to the country”, pointing out that intelligence reports suggested links of some Rohingya immigrants with Pakistan-based terror groups. On this matter, centre said that matters that are related to national security should be best left to the executive. The reason why centre wants to deport Rohingyas because there are possibilities that violence could erupt between radicalised Rohingyas against Buddhists Indian citizens living on Indian soil. The hearing on the matter has been adjourned for October 3 by the court. On Monday, the special cell of Delhi Police arrested 28 years old Saimun Rahman, a British national who police said was a key recruiter in India. The recruiter was planning to set base in Delhi, Mizoram and Manipur to radicalise and recruit Rohingya refugees to wage war against India and fight the Myanmar army.
Now the question is who is going to accept the Rohingyas?
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