Chin refugee family evicted by Indian landlord in Delhi
26 June 2015 — A Chin refugee family of three including a one-year-old baby has been homeless in New Delhi, India since 22 June 2015 after being unable to pay the rent for four months.
The Indian landlord locked Hming Than Tluanga, aged 26, and wife Lal Rin Awmi, 25, with their baby son, out of the room they had been renting in Chanakya place as they could not afford to make their payments.
Tluanga told the Chin Human Rights Organization: “We try as much as we can to survive as refugees but unfortunately, we could not pay the rent for months because of many problems.”
“We owe our landlord a total of 20,300 rupees, which includes electricity and water bills. My wife has been suffering from various health complications such as uterus problems, nerve pain and heart attack. At the same time, she is pregnant with a condition that needs proper care, according to the government-run Dada Dev Hospital.”
The doctor said that my wife needed a complete rest in order to save the child’s life.
He added: “Because of these problems, I have not been able to work on a regular basis. So, we have basically been wandering looking for cheaper accommodation and our daily meals.”
The family eventually approached the Socio-Legal Information Centre, Women Protection Centre and Don Bosco – the implementing partners of the UNHCR – for help. However, they haven’t received any assistance so far.
At the beginning of May, the landlord had warned them to leave their rented room.
Currently, the evicted family is temporarily staying at the office of the Chin Refugee Committee (CRC).#