Burma Times Correspondent: September 16, 2015
Rohingya community leaders based in Haryana has floated the Rohingya State Committee on Sunday.
The meeting which lasted from 8 am to 5 pm in Meewat discussed the sorry affairs of the refugees based in India as well as the ethnic cleansing directed against the Muslim community in Arakan state that has given rise to the overall situation.
The conditions of Rohingyas in India remain dismal with vulnerability to abuses committed by local miscreants as well as Indian police. The living conditions in many of the Rohingya neighbourhoods are horrific with children dying from medical waste dumped in one locality.
Meanwhile many Rohingyas are behind bars for many years on immigration charges even after their sentences have finished. The Indian government does not release illegal immigrants from prison unless their government takes them but the Burmese government does not recognise the Rohingyas as their own citizens.
Another sad affair is the increasing number of Rohingya women forced into a life of prostitution mostly after they are kidnapped following the cross over to India.
In a separate development, representatives of the Rohingya Refugee Committee met with Islamic organisation Jamaat-e-Islami Hind in New Delhi on Thursday. During the meeting Intizar Naeem, Asst. Secretary (Community & National Affairs) told the Rohingyas the organisation was deeply concerned about the discriminatory attitude of the Indian authorities. He also expressed the organisation’s commitment to lobby the UNHCR to look after the Rohingya refugee populace. If that did not work out, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind would take the fight to the Supreme Court of India, said Naem.
The Rohingyas welcomed the support from the Islamic organisation as well as the broader Indian Muslim community.
Many Indian Muslims from all walks of life have been vocal in their support for their Burmese counterparts, in contrast to the negative attitude of the Indian government.