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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. What is the process for adding a spouse to a passport? 2. Is it possible for a man in India, living in Punjab state, to marry another woman without a divorce from an earlier marriage? 3. What would be the status of a second marriage, conducted without obtaining a divorce from one's first marriage? That is, would a first marriage still be in force or is the second marriage not a legal one?

26 April 2012 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

India: 1. Please provide information about the Jatt Sikh and Lubana communities in Punjab, particularly which of the two is the higher and lower caste, and the strength of each caste in Punjab society. 2. Please provide information on inter-caste marriages between Jatt and Lubana Sikhs. 3. Please provide information of whether police and authorities are made up of Jatt Sikhs and, if so, what proportion. 4. Please provide information on whether persons from the Lubana community are protected by police and authorities from attacks. 5. Please locate Nurpur Labana. 6. Please provide general information on the city of Amritsar.

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

India: 1. Do the Nai Sikh, Rai Sikh, and Jatt Sikh castes exist? If so, please provide general information on each, including whether Nai Sikh and Rai Sikh are ever described as being Backward Classes or Other Backward Classes? 2. Is there such a document as Punjab Government's letter No.1/88/93 RC-1/1016 dated 2.2.94? 3. Are people targeted in Faridkot, Punjab, for marrying outside their caste? Please provide current information. 4. Could an educated couple in an inter-caste marriage relocate from the Punjab to another part of India? 5. Are there systems in place that would enable a policeman from the Punjab to be able to trace family members anywhere in India?

4 April 2012 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

India: 1. Please advise on the treatment by authorities of those accused of terrorist activities in India, in particular those who are accused of collaborating with Pakistani terrorists. 2. Please advise on the treatment of those accused of terrorist activities by authorities in Haryana in particular.

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

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 an update on relocating to New Delhi, and the general acceptance of gay men there. 2. Please provide information on MASI/HIJDA/Hijra and their interplay (if any) with gay communities. 3. Please provide information on relocating to Bangalore for someone who has IT qualifications.

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

India: 1. Please provide background information on AISSF and any ill-treatment of its members by the authorities in India. 2. Is there a link between AISSF and followers of Khalistan? 3. Is there any evidence that members of AISSF are targeted by the authorities for having links with the Pakistan ISI?

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

India: 1. Please provide up-to-date information about general aspects of treatment of homosexuals in India and Sikhs/homosexuality/relocation of homosexual Sikhs.

12 January 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. What are the societal attitudes towards single mothers and children born out of wedlock in India/Andhra Pradesh? 2. Are there any reported instances of honour killings in recent years around Hyderabad? 3. What assistance (financial, social, accommodation, education, etc) would be available to single mothers and children born out of wedlock without fathers, particularly in Andhra Pradesh? 4. What legal protection against violence would be available to women and children in such circumstances? Is there anything to suggest that they would not be protected by the police and authorities?

2 December 2011 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

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