27 feb 2012
GUWAHATI: The National Confederation of Human Rights Organizations (NCHRO), an umbrella body of dalit, tribal and minority groups, will raise the plight of Assam’s doubtful voters at the national level and work towards safeguarding the rights of these people.NCHRO national coordinator Reny Ayline said here on Sunday that Assam is the only state in the country where certain people are branded as doubtful voters. He added the practice constitutes violation of human rights and should be stopped immediately.
“Branding people as doubtful voters is great injustice on them and a clear violation of their fundamental. This practice is found only in Assam. It is a great shame as our Constitution has no such category as doubtful voters. So, we are going to raise this issue on a wider platform at the national level. The people who are branded as doubtful voters need justice,” Ayline said.
NCHRO, which has been fighting against human rights violation of dalits, minorities and tribals, will raise the issue of doubtful voters in front of prominent human rights activists at a conclave in New Delhi on March 13.
“All national-level human rights activists will gather at the event. We will place the issue of doubtful voters in a very prominent way. We will also take some of the victims from Assam to the event so they can give testimony of their plight. NCHRO will pursue the issue and spearhead safeguarding the rights of doubtful voters,” Ayline explained.
The Assam chapter of NCHRO was launched at a meeting organized by the Society for Total Empowerment of Minorities (STEM) here on Sunday.
The doubtful or ‘D’ voter tag, which denies a person of voting rights and casts doubt on his or her citizenship, has become one of the most debated topics in the state with various political and non-political parties raking up the issue in various forums.
A study entitled ‘Denial of Citizenship Rights and Marginalization’ by the Institute for Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution (IPSCR) said in many families, sons and daughters were tagged as doubtful voters while their parents were accepted Indian citizens.