Rohingya Crisis: Islamic Student Groups Across The Country Protest Against Deportation People protesting the deportation of Rohingya Muslims in Delhi (MONEY SHARMA/AFP/Getty Images)

Highlighting the ongoing Rohingya crisis in Myanmar, a series of protest marches have been held across various parts of India, most notably Kerala, West Bengal and Hyderabad.

Two Sunni groups have led the protests in Kerala, and are planning a series of protests in the state. All India Jamiyyathul Ulama general secretary Kanthapuram A P Aboobacker Musliar described the Rohingya issue as a shame on humanity. Demanding that the centre reconsider its stand on deporting refugees, he said, “India’s decision to deport Rohingya refugees, who lived in our country for many years is even more saddening. Sending those refugees back to Myanmar is as good as throwing them out for execution.”

The Sunni Youth Wing has decided to take out rallies across Mallapuram district on Friday (15 September). A statement released by several mosques said that while they welcomed the stand of Turkey, Iran, Malaysia, Pakistan, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Maldives, and Saudi Arabia – who have not come forward to take in Rohingyas – they find the ‘silence’ of global powers disturbing.

In West Bengal, the Islamic Students Organisation staged a protest in Kolkata on 7 September. One of the protestors said that the finding committee, established by the United Nations, led by Indira Jaising should be allowed to investigate the issue of their deportation.

In Hyderabad, several organisations took out protest marches and rallies against what they called the ‘genocide’ of Rohingyas in the Buddhist nation. An all-party-meet was held at Nampally, addressed by prominent leaders including Communist Party of India (CPI) general secretary S Sudhakar Reddy and senior Congress leader Mohd Ali Shabbir. Along with protest marches, effigies of State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi were also burnt.

Hyderabad is home to an estimated 3,600 Rohingyas under a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) programme.

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju had said that Rohingyas, whether they are registered under the UNHCR or not, are "illegal immigrants in India and hence they stand to be deported".

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