Guwahati (Assam), Feb 19 : 50 -year old Jabeda Begum who lives in remote corner of Assam’s Baksa district is losing her battle to fight against CAA after she lost the battle in Guwahati High Court .
After being declared foreigner by Assam’s Foreigners’ Tribunal and loosing the battle in Gauhati High Court today she has no means to move to the Supreme Court .
Jabeda is the only earning member of her family who earns Rs . 150 daily . Just to fight her case she sold three bighas of land which she owned once upon a time, Her husband is ailing for quite some time . Among three of her daughters one of them died in an accident while another is missing for long and her youngest daughter time and her three daughter Asmina is a class 5 student.
Today Jabeda, is most worried about her daughter. All her resources including her land,drained away in legal services proving her citizenship which has compelled her and her daughter to sleep hungry many times.
“I am worried what will happen to to my husband and daughter after me… I have lost hope for myself,” she said.
Gauhati High Court’s new ruling against ‘land revenue receipt’, ‘bank documents’ and ‘PAN card’ not being accepted as satisfactory documents, this has led lakhs and lakhs of people just like her stranded on the road, helplessly nowhere to go.
All her visits since August 2018 went in vain, leaving her with no money. She now is a daily wage earner .
“I spent whatever I had. Now I am left with no more resources for legal battle,” she said weeping .
She has submitted around 15 documents, including voter card of 1966,1970, 1971 of her father Jabed Ali. But the tribunal claims she did not produce any satisfactory link of herself to her father.
Her whole family couldn’t make it to the Citizenship list and have been trying ever since to prove that they belong to India.
Since then both the husband and wife has been clubbed into “doubtful voters”. D voter, referred to as Dubious voter or Doubtful voter is a category of voters in Assam who are disenfranchised by the government on the account of their alleged lack of proper citizenship credentials.
The D voters are determined by special tribunals under the Foreigners Act, and the person declared as D voter is not given the elector’s photo identity card.
(With agency inputs)
The family has lost all hopes . With no power or finance in their hands, they are still trying to prove their citizenship, just like the 19 lakh people whose names have benn left out of the final list .
(With agency inputs)