Malappuram: “Father, and sister are in the National Register of Citizens but mother is not. It is because of difference in age in identity card and school certificate. When checked online, mother appears to be rejected from the list.
Mother’s documents are included not with ours, but with her line of family. I have no idea what to do next? Says Assam native Iqbal Masood.
Masood’s story, who is working at a restaurant in Malappuram, directly links to the plight of million others in Assam following the publication of National Register of Citizens.
While his father Mujeeb Rahman and sister are given citizenship, Samartha Banu is rejected based on the difference in age in two documents.
The family submitted to authorities all documents possessed by them including Samartha’s pancard and details of ancestors of both father and mother.
Only after checking online Masood came to know about the fact that his mother is rejected from the list.
No response came from authorities as regards this issue so far.
Masood’s father is a farmer. They live 20 km away from Guwahati. Many like them living in Assam for years are out of the list. The place where the family lives faces heavy floods every year.
After each flood, these impoverished people shore up makeshift hovels. They now stand rejected from the National Register of Citizens.