Indian NHRC Reply to ASK Enquiry regarding the Arrest of 6 Minors by BSF

In March 2013, ASK had sent a petition signed by concerned citizens  to :

  • Tripura State and South Tripura State,
  •  Indian High Commission, 
  • Border Security Force, 
  • NHRC in India and Bangladesh,
  • Home Ministry, Government of Bangladesh

The  National Human Rights Commission of India got back to ASK, in the papers below, it is observed that the parents were ”grateful” to the Indian Border Security Force for detaining their children for 4 days.

Indian Border Security Force (BSF)  were reported to have arrested six minors identified  as Shimul, aged 8, Sohel, aged  8, Nayan, aged 8, Nazma Akhter, aged 9, and Salma Akhter, aged 5. They were arrested  in the Parsuram-Belonia border at Feni, Bangladesh on Thursday, 21st March 2013. The children, reported to have been taken away by BSFwhile playing in their garden in North Baurthuma, have not been  returned to Bangladesh.  Instead the BSF has reportedly handed them over to the local police.

These arrests are clearly in violation of  the CRC and  are contrary to the mandate of  the border force.

We urge you, concerned citizens,  to demand the immediate return of the children to their homes.  We also demand that adequate compensation be given to the children and their families for physical and psychological damage caused to them.   

The BSF and BGB need to negotiate a protocol to ensure that such arbitrary arrests do not take place and in particular to ensure safety and security of minor children living along the Indo Bangladesh border.

The children were reported to have been taken away by BSF while playing in their garden in North Baurthuma . 

We had sent an urgent appeal on this issue to : 

  • Tripura State and South Tripura State,
  •  Indian High Commission, 
  • Border Security Force, 
  • NHRC in India and Bangladesh,
  • Home Ministry, Government of Bangladesh

6 Children Detained for 4 Days – BSF