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Query responses are replies to focused queries or requests for Information that are submitted in the course of the refugee status determination process.
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India: 1. Please provide some background information on the Brahmin Arya Samag BAS, e.g. its purpose, where it is based, and the nature of its activities. 2. Please provide information on whether the BAS is in conflict and tension with Sikhs in Ludhiana, Punjab, or vice versa. If they are in conflict, what is the basis of their disagreement? 3. Please provide information on whether there are any reports on whether Sikhs in Ludiahana have targeted or attacked BAS members in recent times.

13 February 2012 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

India: 1. Please provide background information on the activities of the DSS, including how widespread their activities are in India. 2. Is there any information on DSS members being attacked by Sikh 'extremist' groups? If so, are attacks limited to particular geographic locations in India? 3. Is there any evidence of government authorities in India supporting Sikh 'extremist groups' in their violence against members of the DSS?

12 January 2012 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

India: 1. Are there recent reports of women being extorted and harmed as a result of dowry disputes in Punjab? 2. If so, what level of state protection is available to women facing this kind of violence from their husbands and their husbands' families either in the Punjab or elsewhere in India? 3. Are there any barriers to the internal relocation of women who have experienced this kind of violence? 4. Please provide a map of Punjab showing Jalandhar City, Samana/ Sumana in the Patiala District, Baba Bakala in the Amritsar District and Mani Majra in Chandigarh with an indication of the distances between these places?

17 August 2011 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

India: 1. Please provide link to map or basic information about the area of Ludhiana, Punjab. 2. Please provide information about the treatment by community or family for if a Sikh woman who separates or divorces in the Ludhiana, Punjab area. Is the treatment different in poorer rural areas as opposed to urban areas? Is the treatment different if the woman suffered domestic violence? 3. If a Sikh woman refused to accept an arranged marriage, how would she be treated by her family? 4. Are there other Hindi or Punjabi speaking areas in India that a female might safely live or relocate to? 5. Deleted.

6 December 2010 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

India: 1. Please provide information about the ability of law enforcement agencies in India and particularly in Punjab to protect citizens in matters relating to honour killings. 2. Please provide information about the ability of Sikhs to move outside of Punjab, and to live in areas other than Punjab. Is there any information that suggests that if one is educated that he/she will find it easier to resettle outside of Punjab?

26 November 2010 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

India: 1. What would community reaction be in the Punjab to the birth of a child out of wedlock resulting from an affair between a teacher and student? 2. Would a teacher be dismissed in Punjab for having an affair with a student? 3. Would police turn a blind eye to community violence in these kinds of circumstances?

12 November 2010 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

India: 1. Please provide an outline of the political situation in Punjab and whether there has been conflict between Congress and BJP members in August 2009. 2. Please check if there is an MP named Harpartap Singh Ajnala, and whether he is in the State or Federal government. 3. Where is Ajnala located in relation to Amritsar? 4. Are the police inclined to target political activists involved in the conflict (if any) in August 2009, because they are controlled extensively by the BJP?

1 July 2010 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

India: Information on 'Access' to medical treatment in the Punjab area of India

10 June 2010 | Publisher: Ireland: Refugee Documentation Centre | Document type: Query Responses

India: 1. Please provide brief background information on the changing of the Punjab/Haryana borders and any conflict between Punjabi speaking Sikhs and Hindi speaking people in the area. 2. Are Sikhs discriminated against, as claimed, in the area? 3. Please provide brief background information on the Sant Bhindrawala group. Who are they and what is their aim? 4. What are Gurudwaras?

9 October 2007 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

India: Information on the particular signs, indications or traffic signs that inform an individual that s/he is in the state of Uttar Pradesh; on the language of such signs; on whether the state of Uttar Pradesh is known as "U.P." by citizens of India, especially Punjabis; and on whether the use of "U.P." is so well-known that people would automatically make the connection between "U.P." and Uttar Pradesh

1 May 1995 | Publisher: Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada | Document type: Query Responses

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