SRINAGAR:  At a time when the Covid19 peak has greatly neutralised, one of the Rohingya refugee women has died in custody. She had survived Covid19 but has died because of post-Covid complications.

Identified as Noor Aisha, the 68-year-old Rohingya refugee died in GMC Kathua where she eas shifted from, what is being called, the “holding centre” at Kathua’s Hiranagar jail in Jammu. Her family was living in Batalab refugee camp.

Aisha was one of the 53 Rohingyas who tested positive for Covid19 in Jail. Jail authorities said all those who tested positive were asymptomatic.

Jail authorities told reporters that Aisha was a patient with Asthma and had cardiac issues also.  In May when tested positive for Covid19, she was shifted to GMC Kathua. After she recovered, she was shifted back to jail. It was in the detention centre where she fell ill and the situation led the managers to take her to GMC Kathua again.  She tested positive again and remained positive till a day before her death.

Aisha was among 220 refugees (May 1), including women and children, who stand since March. Authorities said they would deport them because they lack proper documents. The issue is in the Supreme Court.

It was not immediately known if the authorities are planning to given the refugee a vaccine. It is normally given to residents who carry Aadhar card.

More than 13,700 foreigners, including Rohingya Muslims and Bangladeshi nationals, are settled in Jammu and Samba districts, where their population has increased by over 6,000 between 2008 and 2016.


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