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Calcutta High Court orders government from deporting Rohingya refugee women

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An interim order was passed by the Calcutta High Court on Thursday directing the Central government to refrain from deporting four Rohingya refugee women to Myanmar until August 10.

Single judge bench of Justice Moushumi Bhattacharya passed the order on a plea by the four women, who continued to remain detained in Dumdum correctional home also after their detention period had ended July 20, 2019 and completed their term.

“The court said that since the writ petition contains a prayer for restraint on the respondent authorities not to deport the petitioner to Myanmar, this Court is of the view that until the matter is taken up for hearing by this 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.

The petitioners were also directed by the Court to file a supplementary affidavit for bringing the subsequent events on record and to serve an advance copy of the same to the opposing counsel.

The Court also directed  that the petitioners should be given facilities to provided with facilities which are commensurate to their right to live with dignity.

The matter will be heard next on August 10, 2022.

The petitioner who was represented by the Advocate Afreen Begum mentioned the matter on Thursday morning on an urgent basis stating that the petitioners had received a verbal communication from the jail authorities that they would be deported to Myanmar on August 5, 2022.

The respondent counsel however submitted that they did not have any instructions for any such order of deportation.

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