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Assam NRC: 14-year-old Girl Commits Suicide After Finding Her Name In Draft Exclusion List

Noor Nahar Begum's name was not in the draft NRC published by the govt last year as well. However, she was sure that her name would appear in the final list.

A minor girl from the Roumari Chapori village in Assam’s Darrang district committed suicide on Wednesday, June 26. Her name was on the additional draft exclusion list of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) released on the same day several hours earlier, ahead of the final publication on July 31. Relatives of 14-year-old Noor Nahar Begum — the deceased teenager — and members of a students’ organisation have reportedly linked the incident to the list.

They claimed that she hanged herself with the dupatta she was wearing, adding, “Her name was not included in the draft NRC published by Assam government last year. However, she was sure that her name would appear in the final NRC.”

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They further said, “Today, when the Assam government published an additional draft list of exclusion, Noor and her family took it to be the final NRC. Noor took the extreme step after her father went to the NRC Seva Kendra at Roumari and failed to find her name in the list and told her this over the phone.”

The All Assam Minority Students’ Union (AAMSU) leader Abdul Hai visited the deceased’s house and blamed the state government for the death.

He told IANS, “There is so much confusion over the NRC process, and the government has failed to ensure proper publicity regarding the process, which has led to the incident.”

Darrang Superintendent of Police, Amrit Bhuyan, however, refuted claims of the suicide being linked to NRC. Speaking to IANS, he said, “So far, I have not received any report that the girl committed suicide due to NRC. However, our investigation is on.”

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As per a report in EastMojo, the Assam government didn’t publicise the additional NRC exclusion list, which led to the confusion among the people in the state. This draft exclusion list consists of names of 102,462 persons, whose names were included in the Draft NRC published on July 30 last year but had subsequently been found ineligible due to the various reasons.

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