India | Fear of being classed a 'foreigner' spurring suicides in Assam

Fear of being classed a ‘foreigner’ spurring suicides in Assam

India's northeast state is doing a fresh head-count of its people and millions, notably poor illiterates, face the threat of losing citizenship if they lack legacy documents; Assam has had this problem for years because of migration from Bangladesh

July 11, 2018 2:20 PM (UTC+8)
A man looks for his name on the first draft of the National Register of Citizens in Guwahati in the Indian state of Assam on January 1, 2018. Around 13 million people in Assam woke up to uncertainty on that day after the release of an official registry with names of only 19m of the state's over 32 million residents. Photo: AFP
A man looks for his name on the first draft of the National Register of Citizens in Guwahati in the Indian state of Assam on January 1, 2018. Around 13 million people in Assam woke up to uncertainty on that day after the release of an official registry with names of only 19m of the state's over 32 million residents. Photo: AFP
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