During the British Rule of India, Assam was part of Bengal where people of all religions lived side by side in harmony. After the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947, the Muslims living there are considered illegal immigrants from nearby East Pakistan (and later Bangladesh). The Hindutvadi fascist politics have made their lives difficult in the so-called secular India. In the recently held election BJP has won the state election worsening the situation of the minority Muslims living there.
Here below is the story of a Muslim family in Assam.
It was drizzling on the evening of May 18, the day before the counting for the assembly polls, held over a month ago. An anxious Zarina Khatun was busy luring her children, Zariful, 11, and Sania, 8, indoors with the promise of hot rotis and fried fish when the police arrived. A neighbour called up her husband Shamsul Haque, a van-rickshaw puller; before he could rush back, the police had taken her away. The 37-year-old found herself in judicial custody on suspicion of being an “illegal immigrant”.
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