Calcutta HC orders deportation of Bangladeshi Woman by Air

Aishwarya Rathore –

Published on August 06, 2021, 04:06 IST

The Calcutta High Court has ordered the deportation of a Bangladeshi woman by air to her home country on her request as she is languishing in a correctional home well after the completion of her detention period for staying in India beyond the visa period.

The Court ordered Depute Police personnel to accompany the Bangladeshi woman to the airport, as she claimed she wanted to fly back to her country, till such time the petitioner is cleared for boarding by security.

The woman, who worked at a Mumbai dance bar, arrived in India with a valid passport and visa but was unable to return due to Covid restrictions.

The woman was apprehended by the Border Security Force (BSF) earlier this year while trying to go back to Bangladesh illegally and was handed over to the Swarupnagar Police Station in the North 24 Parganas District.

On pleading guilty, a District Court sentenced the woman to imprisonment for 66 days and the detention period was completed on June 19.

However, owing to lengthy administrative issues in the procedure of sending her back to her native country, the woman has been languishing in the correctional home despite having completed her sentence causing her to move to the High Court for redressal.

The Court noted that on July 13, a Special Secretary for the West Bengal Government requested that the petitioner be deported by air immediately.

Justice Basak directed the Superintendent of Police to take expeditious steps for the purpose of ensuring that the petitioner is able to avail of such flight. 

Also read: Citizenship laws in India and Refugee policy

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