World Bulletin / News Desk
“We cannot be oblivious to the plight of children and women,” the Supreme Court said, adding that it has to strike a balance between human rights and national security.
“The Constitution is based on humanitarian values. The state has a multi-pronged role,” reported local broadcaster India Today.
In an affidavit submitted to the Supreme Court in mid-September, the government justified its plan to deport the refugees, saying it has serious consequences to the national security.
In a widely criticized decision, the government is looking to deport 40,000 Rohingya refugees currently present in India.
Since Aug. 25, some 536,000 Rohingya have crossed from Myanmar's western state of Rakhine into Bangladesh, according to the UN. Some are seeking refuge in India, which shares a border with Myanmar.
The refugees are fleeing a military operation in which security forces and Buddhist mobs have killed men, women and children, looted homes and torched Rohingya villages. According to Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Abul Hasan Mahmood Ali, around 3,000 Rohingya have been killed in the crackdown.
The Rohingya, described by the UN as the world's most persecuted people, have faced heightened fears of attack since dozens were killed in communal violence in 2012.