A 24-year-old woman, diagnosed with intellectual disability, is awaiting Central government’s nod that would discharge her from the Government Protection Home in Lucknow and send her off to her home in neighbouring Bangladesh.
The state government’s Home department, on its part, has forwarded the request for the deportation of Khalida to the Ministry of External Affair and is waiting for a response.
Khalida, who was first spotted by the police in Allahabad’s Kydganj area in May last year, was produced before the local court which sent her to the Protection Home after she failed to give any information related to her or her family.
At the Home, under the care of doctors and psychiatrists, Khalida slowly started recalling details about her family. She later told the officials that she is married to Tahidul Islam, has two minor children and lives in Kathalia area of Jhalokati district in Bangladesh.
In September last year, the court had directed the Superintendent of the Government Protection Home (Arti Singh) to approach the District Magistrate, Lucknow, and take up the matter of Khalida’s rehabilitation and deportation.
The DM’s letter to the state Home department was promptly forwarded to the MEA, which, according to Arti Singh, “has sought details of Khalida several times but is still to give directions”.
“Khalida says she wanted to go to her brother Diluhar Akhoon, a madrasa teacher. She has yet to give details as to how she reached Allahabad,” said the superintendent.
Singh added that the MEA reportedly has taken up the matter with Bangladesh High Commission to verify the nationality and arrangement for Khalida’s repatriation to Bangladesh.
Earlier, about two months ago, a team of Foreigners Regional Registration Officers from Lucknow had visited the protection home and met Khalida. The team’s report mentioned that Khalida had fled from her home (in Bangladesh) following harassment from her husband and in-laws and had entered India through West Bengal border.