Delhi HC directs joint inspection of Rohingya detention centre over alleged lack of facilities




New Delhi [India], February 11 (ANI): The Delhi High Court recently ordered a joint inspection of the Rohingya detention centre ‘Seva Kendra’ in Northwest Delhi by officials of the Foreign Regional Registration Office (FRRO), central government and Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) over the alleged lack of basic amenities.

Justice Prathiba M Singh on Thursday ordered the inspection of Seva Kendra in Shejada Bagh. The court also asked to place the photographs of the centre on record.

The bench passed the order on the petition moved by Sabera Khatoon whose sister Shadiya Akhtar is detained at the centre. The counsel submitted that Shadiya Akhtar is not being provided proper medical care.

The court directed the respondents to file a report in the matter. The court has also impleaded DUSIB as one of the respondents.

The court also directed to place on record the medical records of Shaidya Akhtar in view of the submissions of the petitioner’s counsel.

The petitioner’s counsel Ujjaini Chatterjee submitted before the court that Shadiya Khatoon, who is a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) card holder, was not being provided basic amenities like access to warm water, bed, blanket, pillow, winter essentials and winter wear.

The petition said Shadiya Akhtar has repeatedly complained to her about her deteriorating health, lack of hygienic and nutritional food, and inadequate access to sunlight in the detention centre. She has also informed the petitioner that there is no warm water in the detention centre.

On the other hand, it was submitted that apart from food the other facilities have to be provided by the DUSIB at the centre which is run by the MCD.

After considering the situation, the court directed the officials to conduct a joint inspection and file a report.

Additionally, Shadiya also complained to her about various other difficulties that she is facing in the detention centre. The petitioner is very concerned about the well-being of her sister and such inhuman treatment of her sister which diminishes her basic human dignity and right to life in this indefinite detention, the petition stated.

The petition stated that Shadiya Akhtar is a Rohingya woman who escaped the brutal genocide in Myanmar against the Rohingya community in 2016 and sought asylum to India.

After a rigorous process of "Refugee Status Determination", she was granted "Refugee Status" and was given a United Nations refugee identity card within three months, the petition stated.

It is also stated that the Shadiya lived in a refugee camp at Kanchan Kunj for one year and then in 2017, she moved to Shram Vihar, Madanpur Khadar, New Delhi, after her marriage. She lived in the refugee camp at Shram Vihar with her infant son, who is now 3 years old, until 2020. She has no criminal antecedents or complaints against her, it added.

Shadiya has been living in India since 2016 in accordance with the laws of the country and has complied with all requirements of the Respondents and the UNHCR, the plea said. (ANI)

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