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'Married before 18, didn't attend school': NRC may put many women at risk

That Shorbhanu's identity got entwined with that of her husband of 30 years is not good enough now, at least not to be a part of the final draft NRC

Prateek Hajela, State Coordinator, NRC. Photo: Twitter
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Prateek Hajela, State Coordinator, NRC. Photo: Twitter

Sangeeta Barooah Pisharoty | The Wire
Sipping tea between mouthfuls of muri (puffed rice), Hussain Ahmad Madani prodded his mother to respond to my queries. She interjected with “What more do I say? What is there to say?”
Some silence, a faint smile – and then she mumbled to me, “We can only wait till July 30 and see what happens.”
July 30 is an important day not just for Hussain’s mother Shorbhanu Nessa, but for many other women from the poorest and most disadvantaged sections of Assam, particularly those belonging to the Bengali Muslim community. On that day, the 1951 National Register of Citizens (NRC), which is

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First Published: Jul 30 2018 | 9:30 AM IST

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