National Human Rights Commission
Manav Adhikar Bhawan,
Block-C, GPO Complex, INA,
New Delhi – 110023
I with my present complaint bring to your attention the following facts and seek your intervention for the victim Ms. Laiju Begum and her two minor children.
The victim used to reside with her husband Md. Samsul Haque in an Indian enclave (Chhit no.150, Chhit name-Dasiar Chhara) surrounded by Bangladesh territory. After the execution of India-Bangladesh land Boundary Agreement, the victim’s husband opted to come to India with the victim. Accordingly he was issued Temporary Travel-cum-Identity Pass and he came to India and started to reside at Dinhata Krishi Mela which is one of the temporary shelters for the people who came to India from the erstwhile Indian enclaves surrounded by Bangladesh territory. There he used to reside at house No. 47 with his wife and his minor son Sadik Rahaman (age-4 years) but the condition of the shelter was not fit for human habitation in dearth of jobs, food, cloth and other basic necessities of life. It is revealed during the fact finding that about 58 families from Dasiar Chhara enclave were provided temporary shelter at Dinhata Krishi Mela but the facilities provided to them by the administration were not sufficient to meet their bare and minimum requirements.
Considering the circumstances he with many other people from the said shelter went to Delhi for earnings by working as day labour. He had to go out of the temporary shelter in search of earnings in the month of June, 2016 considering the situation that his wife was pregnant at that time coupled with duty to maintain his wife and the minor son. But unfortunately he died on 26.09.2016 while he was in Delhi. After his demise the victim gave birth to a female child and her name is Sadika Sultana. At present she is not physically well and unable to make any earning by herself. After demise of her husband she has been living in poor condition with her two minor children at Dinhata Krishi Mela.
The victim Ms. Laiju Begum filed a written application before the Sub-Divisional Officer, Dinhata on 21.10.2016 disclosing her appalling condition and she prayed for necessary help to sustain herself and her children. At the time of submitting the petition her daughter was only 4 days old. The Sub-Divisional Officer, Dinhata duly received the petition on 21.10.2016 but till date did not take any action for the victim by considering her human appeal. Due to insensitive attitude of the administration the victim is at the fag end of living a life with dignity with her minor children.
Under the circumstances, I seek your urgent intervention on my present complaint and I hope that the Commission would consider my following demands for the victim:-
- The whole matter should be inquired into by one neutral authority.
- Direction to the concerned authorities for immediate assistance to the victim and her two children for their proper and permanent rehabilitation and arrangement of basic requirements of life for them.
- Necessary action for proper and permanent rehabilitation and adequate compensation to all the people living in subhuman condition in the temporary shelter.
- Any other action as the Commission may deem fit and proper.
National Convener, PACTI