A Mumbai man, who used to be a part of the beef slaughter industry and was allegedly persecuted for it, has gained
The man, whose identity has not been revealed, worked in the family’s meat business since 1998, and was attacked in 2014 by 10 unknown persons, who he alleges belonged to the
In his application, he mentions that the local police station ignored his complaint, and his attempt to approach a court in Andheri did not yield any result. He then tried to open a shop in Pune which did not materialise as he faced fresh threats from
In January 2017, his refugee claim was first rejected by the
The RPD is the tribunal branch of Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board that adjudicates on refugee and asylum applications. The Mumbai man appealed the RPD’s decision claiming that it focussed on minor inconsistencies in rejecting his application.
The appeal was taken up by RAD and in September 2018, the tribunal solicited his views regarding a possible relocation to other cities within India, specifically mentioning Kolkata and Bangalore. Even in UK, courts often decline applications for asylum on the grounds that the applicants can move to a new city or region in order to escape possible persecution or harm by oppressive family members or organisations as India is a huge country.
To counter this, RAD was provided reports in the Indian and international media highlighting the growing violence and sense of insecurity among meat traders across India.
Along with other studies and reports, the RAD assessed the media reports as credible. The RAD also found that the appellant “testified without any significant omissions, contradictions, or inconsistencies in his testimony” and “did not exaggerate any elements of his claim”.
This latest judgment, dated 26 November 2018, opens the gate for asylum applications citing threat and violence by cow vigilante and Hindu majoritarian groups. So far, the bulk of asylum applications from Indians in US, UK, Canada, and Europe have been made by Sikhs in the wake of the violence in 1984.
An increasing number of cases have reached tribunals in these countries from Indians claiming asylum on allegations that they face discrimination due to their sexual preferences. But if this latest case is any indication, there may well be an increase in asylum applications from other ‘persecuted minorities’--Mumbai Mirror.