Petition for release of Rohingya refugees illegally detained in Jails
In the abject situation that Rohingya Refugees are caught in, a number of Rohingya Refugees were lodged in Dum Dum Correctional Home in West Bengal. The situation in a number of other States was similar, where Rohingyas were illegally detained and incarcerated in jails in various states. The Rohingyas were arrested and charged under section 14 of the Foreigners Act, 1946. Even though all of them, including women and children had completed their period of sentence, they were continued to be kept incarcerated in jail.
It became a critical concern since the refugees had been granted asylum by the UNHCR in India and were provided with refugee identity cards, therefore they could not be arrested and put in jail. They are to be treated as valid refugees and allowed to stay in Rohingya refugee settlements in various parts of India, albeit subject to routine reporting requirements. It is for this reason that the petition of releasing Rohingya Refugees who are illegally detained in jails in various states.