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No schooling, not often stepped out of home: Afghan Sikh girl recounts life beneath Taliban rule

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Manpreet Kaur, a mom of two, not often stepped out of her home following the swift Taliban takeover of Afghanistan final 12 months and her kids barely had any thought of the world exterior.Their grim existence of practically a 12 months modified on August 3, once they arrived in India as a part of a gaggle of 28 Afghan Sikhs who have been flown in from Kabul with the assistance of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, Indian World Discussion board and the Central authorities.Recounting the hardships of residing beneath Taliban rule, Ms. Kaur mentioned, “Being a minority, there was a continuing worry of being focused. The Sikh and Hindu households in Kabul have been spending sleepless nights. The locations of worship aren’t protected. The Gurdwara Karta-E-Parwan was attacked by terrorists on June 18.” “We used to assume 10 occasions earlier than stepping out of our homes. For our kids, going out was out of the query. If we needed to step out, we lined our faces,” she mentioned.She claimed many of the minorities in Afghanistan haven’t any entry to schooling as sending kids to colleges means “risking their lives”.”If a toddler goes to an academic institute, there they are going to be harassed. Principally those that wish to examine, come to India,” Ms. Kaur mentioned.Taranjit Singh, one other Afghan Sikh who arrived in India on August 3, has a three-year-old little one affected by a coronary heart ailment. He mentioned that resulting from minimal entry to hospitals his little one couldn’t get correct therapy in Kabul.”We hope to get him handled right here in India,” Mr. Singh advised PTI.Activist Kavita Krishnan, who has been concerned within the evacuation of Afghan Sikhs and Hindus to India, mentioned the Centre ought to have a coverage of providing citizenship to such refugees in India and offering them work.“Our nation is greater than able to simply providing citizenship to those refugees. Not simply the Afghan Sikhs and Hindus however all refugees ought to be supplied this assist by the federal government.””The Centre does not prepare services for refugees. Even once they have been compelled to take action, for the Tamil refugees, their camps have been extraordinarily ill-equipped. If the Centre handled the refugees with respect and compassion, they might simply present work for them,” Ms. Krishnan advised PTI.She alleged that refugees are solely “speaking factors” and “propaganda” for the Centre.”The Centre ought to perceive that the refugees, with no matter work they do right here, are contributing to the GDP of this nation,” Ms. Krishnan mentioned.

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