Halima Khatoon has been lodged at the Kokrajhar Central Jail since 2009 while her entire family along with her husband and kids name have appeared in the updated final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC).
Halima Khatoon, a resident of Sonaibera village in Dhing in Nagaon was declared foreigner by the Foreigner’s Tribunal in 2008. After which in 2009, police officials came to her home and arrested Halima and lodged her at the Kokrajhar Central Jail, which also houses a makeshift detention centre for women.
“Our entire family including Halima’s mother Hajera and four siblings have figured in the draft NRC. Even her (Halima) husband’s side of the family and her five kids are in NRC….My daughter is a Bangladeshi now as per the court,” said Abdul Kasem, father of Halima.
“My daughter is languishing in the detention camp since 2009. All the names of her family including her husband’s have appeared in the final NRC draft. She should be released. Her husband is undergoing cancer treatment in Guwahati. Please don’t torment our family further. I request Assam Government to release my daughter,” said Hajera, Halima’s mother.
“I visit her every few months. I sold my land to secure her release and prove she is an Indian…I have spent over lakh for the case in the Gauhati High Court. Every time I visit here, she asks me when will she be released…I hope and pray that the day comes soon,” said Abdul Kasem, Halima’s father.
For inclusion in the NRC, Abdul submitted voters identity card, certified copies of his name in the earlier voters list, and a legacy document dated before the citizenship cut off date of March 25, 1971.
Halima submitted the above-mentioned documents along with a certificate by the Gaon Bura that she was Abdul’s daughter at the court. But the court rejected her appeal in 2015, Abdul shared.