Rohingya refugee women fell into the trap of smuggling gangs ReadingS


Mujeeba’s case is not an isolated case.

Three other Rohingya women shared similar accounts with DW about how they were smuggled into Kashmir and ended up in unwanted marriages. They asked not to be named for fear of backlash from locals and authorities, as the Indian government considers them illegal immigrants.

More than 40,000 Rohingya currently live in India, of which about 6,000 are in camps in Jammu.

For the last five years, the Indian government has been trying to deport the Rohingya people.

New Delhi has described them as a security threat and accused them of having links to Muslim extremist groups.

According to media reports, more than 200 Rohingyas are being held in different detention centers across India.

India’s Ministry of Home Affairs has claimed that “illegal aliens” will be kept in a detention center until they are deported to Myanmar.

A senior police official in Kashmir told DW that traffickers continue to lure Rohingya women by promising them a better life.

“Women are usually married to older men, divorced or widowed men,” said the police officer, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

The official said that despite all the pressure, human trafficking continues.

“There’s a lot of money in these smuggling rackets. The network is big.”

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