SC petition mulled for 'foreigner'

Somiron Nessa, 19, from Goroimari wants to graduate, get a job and support her mother and her family. But everything came to a standstill when two months ago she was served with a notice of being a foreigner without such a case registered against her.

By Gaurav Das
  • Published 16.09.18
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Somiron Nessa. Picture by Gaurav Das

Goroimari: Somiron Nessa, 19, from Goroimari wants to graduate, get a job and support her mother and her family. But everything came to a standstill when two months ago she was served with a notice of being a foreigner without such a case registered against her.

A group of citizens has formed a human rights organisation from Goroimari circle and come forward to help her by mulling a petition in the Supreme Court by approaching senior advocate Sanjay Hegde. The citizens have already approached Hegde's representative here and are planning to file a case in the apex court by September 19.

Somiron's case comes close on the heels of Sofiya Khatun, the woman who was lodged in a detention centre in Assam for almost two years until the Supreme Court directed her release on bail. Hegde had represented Sofiya and sought her release based on the state government's admission in an affidavit that her family, comprising her parents, husband and brothers, are Indian citizens.

Somiron's father and elder brother's names are in the final draft NRC and they are confirmed Indian citizens. Her mother and younger brother's names were, however, excluded from the final draft NRC.

"During the NRC publication, I got to know that I am a foreigner. A notice was served against me. There was no case against me as a foreigner. I got to know that some citizens from Goroimari are going to file a case in the Supreme Court. I am confident that the case will be in my favour. I want to support my family but the foreigner notice has shattered my hopes. I had submitted my admit card as NRC document," said Nessa, who is a third semester BA student at FA Ahmed College, Goroimari.

When Somiron was an adolescent, her father abandoned them and settled down with a new wife. Her elder brother works outside the state and is supporting the family.

"It is quite sad that at such a young age authorities have decided to brand her a foreigner. So we have decided to file a case in the Supreme Court," said Akram Hussain, president of Goroimari panchayat.