Srinagar: India’s Ministry of Home Affairs has granted visa for one year’s stay to a Rohingya minor girl, after the J&K High Court took serious note of her uncle’s petition that she was illegally trafficked and sold to a man in Anantnag for Rs 80,000.
Assistant Solicitor General Tahir Majid Shamsi, representing the Government of India, informed the court that visa for one year’s stay had been granted to the minor girl after completing the proper documentation process.
On the previous hearing of the petition, the high court had directed the Secretary, Legal Services, to supply requisite documents to the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO), which functions under the Union Home Ministry, to issue appropriate orders on granting a stay visa to the minor girl from the Rohingya community of Myanmar.
A division bench comprising Justice Ramalingam Sudhakar and Justice MK Hanjura remarked that the minor was illegally trafficked and the state authorities are duty-bound to protect the girl.
“We are of the view that investigation should be carried (out) in this case,” the court said.
Additional Advocate General BA Dar informed the court that no FIR has yet been lodged in the case.
The court directed the state counsel to file an FIR and submit the investigation status report on the next date of hearing.
The court also directed that for the custody of the girl, her maternal uncle should submit proper details about himself.
The petition was filed in the High Court by the girl’s maternal uncle, Mohammad Firoz, a native of Maungdaw in Rakian district of Myanmar who lives as a refugee in Dehli. He said that the minor girl was kidnapped after riots in Myanmar during July 2015 and was taken to Bangladesh illegally, from where she was trafficked to India and then to Kashmir. She was sold to a man named Ghulam Mohammad in Saliya village of Anantnag for an amount of Rs 80,000, the uncle told the court.
Advocate Shah Faisal had moved an application on the girl’s behalf in the high court in 2016, after her uncle came to know of her whereabouts in Kashmir.
The petition reads that due to hostile conditions in Myanmar, the parents of the minor tried to lodge a missing report but it was not registered. In December 2015, the minor girl made a call to her parents in Myanmar telling them that she had been sold to a man in Kashmir and forcibly married to him. The parents contacted the uncle of the girl, after which he submitted a petition in the high court. The petitioner said that the parents of the girl had tried their best to enter the territory of India through the proper channel, but the Indian government was not allowing more refugees from Myanmar to enter its territory.