As a temporary measure, the Calcutta High Court has restrained the Union Of India from deporting 4 Rohingya refugee women to Myanmar till August 10. The bench of Justice Moushumi Bhattacharya further directed that the 4 women should be provided with facilities that are commensurate to their right to live with dignity.
Essentially, the Court is dealing with the plea filed by 4 women who have served their period of detention on 20th July, 2019, however, they continued to remain in the Dumdum Correctional Home since then.
In their writ petition, they prayed a direction on the respondent authorities not to deport them to Myanmar. They also submitted before the Court that they have received verbal communication from the jail authorities that they shall be deported to Myanmar on 5th August 2022.
However, the counsel appearing for the Union of India, as well as the Government Pleader, submitted that they do not have any instructions of any such order of deportation.
In view of this, the Court directed that until the matter is taken up for hearing by the Court, the respondents shall not give any effect to any order of deportation of the four petitioners, if any such order has been made after filing of the writ petition, till further orders are passed in the matter.
With this, the matter was listed for further hearing on 10th August, 2022 and the petitioners were directed to file a supplementary affidavit bringing the subsequent events on record before the returnable date and serve an advance copy of the same on the counsel appearing for the respondents.
In the meantime, this Court directed the respondent authorities that the petitioners be provided with facilities that are commensurate to their right to live with dignity.
Case title - Fatema Begum & Ors. vs. UOI