No schooling, not often stepped out of home: Afghan Sikh lady recounts life underneath Taliban rule : The Tribune India


New Delhi, August 6

Manpreet Kaur, a mom of two, not often stepped out of her home following the swift Taliban takeover of Afghanistan final yr and her youngsters barely had any concept of ​​the world exterior.

Their grim existence of practically a yr modified on August 3, after they arrived in India as a part of a bunch 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 dwelling underneath the Taliban rule, Kaur stated, “Being a minority, there was a relentless concern of being focused. The Sikh and Hindu households in Kabul have been spending sleepless nights. The locations of worship are usually not secure. 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 coated our faces,” she stated.

She claimed a lot of the minorities in Afghanistan haven’t any entry to schooling as sending youngsters to colleges means “risking their lives”.

“If a baby goes to an academic institute there they are going to be harassed. Those that need to research, largely come to India,” Kaur stated.

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 stated that attributable to minimal entry to hospitals his little one couldn’t get correct therapy in Kabul.

“We hope to get him handled right here in India,” Singh instructed PTI.

Activist Kavita Krishnan, who has been concerned within the evacuation of Afghan Sikhs and Hindus to India, stated the Heart 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 must be provided this assist by the federal government.

“The Heart would not organize services for refugees. Even after they have been compelled to take action, for the Tamil refugees, their camps have been extraordinarily ill-equipped. If the Heart handled the refugees with respect and compassion, they might simply present work for them,” Krishnan instructed PTI.

She alleged that refugees are solely “speaking factors” and “propaganda” for the Centre.

“The Heart ought to perceive that the refugees, with no matter work they do right here, are contributing to the GDP of this nation,” Krishnan stated.