Delhi Chin Refugees Face Violent Assaults by Local Indians
16 January 2012: Chin refugees from Burma stranded in New Delhi, India have suffered from a series of serious assaults in unprovoked attacks by local Indians.
Two refugees from Ngalti village of Falam Township in Chin State were beaten up in their small rented room by local Indians around 11pm on Thursday in New Delhi, India while having their dinner.
A 30-year-old Christian pastor is said to have lost his teeth and had other injuries on his head and body while an 18-year-old musician has suffered from injuries on his jaws, eyes, back and head, according to the Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO).
The Chin victims said a group of the local Indians forcefully broke into the house and started attacking them for no obvious reasons at night.
One of the victims told the Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO) that the attackers didn’t ask for permission to enter the room but crashed the door which was locked from inside and started beating them up.
“We were badly beaten up and our belongings such as rice cooker were also smashed. They took two mobile phones and a total amount of 10,000 Indian Rupees from us,” added the Chin refugee.
Later, some Indian police came to the scene but didn’t intervene immediately to stop the attacks, according to the victims, who have got serious injuries on their jaws, eyes, backs and heads.
With the help of their fellow refugees in association with the police, a report of the incident was filed to the local police department and the two were taken to the nearby hospital. “No action has been taken against the assailants and we are not given proper medical treatment,” continued the Chin victim.
The two Chin victims are now in a hiding location in fear of further attacks, according to sources.
On 8 January 2012, another Chin refugee identified as Salai Mazawn and his friend were also attacked by some local Indians, who stopped their rickshaw on the way home from shopping after church service, according to the Chin World Media.
The two Chin refugees were said to have lost two mobile phones and 9,000 Rupees to the Indian assailants. The incident has been reported to the police and UNHCR based in Delhi but no action is taken as yet.
Currently, it is estimated that about 11,500 Chin refugees and asylum seekers from Burma living in New Delhi, India.
Reporting by Thawng Zel Thang