“We don’t want these kind of NRC hearings. The hearings have claimed the lives of my sisters.”Asma KhatunOn 5 August, Asma Khatun lost her two sisters, Joimon Nisa and Arjina Begum, in a bus accident in the Kamrup district of Assam. They were returning from an NRC re-verification hearing in Golaghat. Joimon was 34 years old and Arjina was only 14.Kashmir, NRC, Lynching — You Can’t Take Up Every Cause. So, FocusThe sisters were part of the NRC. On 3 August, notices by NRC authorities were served to the family, which lives in Dakachang village, to appear urgently for document re-verification.The only snag was that they had to appear for the hearing within 24 hours and the hearing centre was almost 300 km away in Golaghat, in upper Assam.Asma blames this last-minute NRC hearing notice for the death of her sister.“The hearing should happen here. We don’t want to go all the way there. Only if we’re alive can we go. Why did NRC authorities hold the hearing so far away from where we live? In one stroke, I lost my two sisters.”Asma KhatunIt’s not just the two deaths. The accident has also left multiple members of the family seriously injured. Ajizul Rehman used to run the family-owned grocery shop in Dakachang, but the accident has left him bedridden.“My husband’s tongue was slit, he can’t talk. He also has a head and a back injury. My father-in-law was also seriously injured in the accident. He’s admitted in the medical college hospital.” Munija Parveen, Azijul Rehman’s WifeThe other brother, MJ Ahmed, was lucky to have escaped with just one broken arm. He says that if they had got enough time to appear for the hearing, the accident would perhaps never have happened. NRC authorities are supposed to give at least 15 days’ notice to the respondent to appear for a hearing.“We got the notice just 24 hours before the hearing. We have gone for three hearings already in Kaoimari, Rangia and the last in Golaghat.”MJ Ahmed, Arjina’s BrotherThe two deaths have left the family shaken. They are unsure if their names will remain in the final NRC. For now, they have to deal with an uncertain future and trauma.“My grief doesn’t let me sleep. My younger daughter and I were very close. I don’t know how I’ll live without her.” Mariam Begum, Mother of Late Arjina and Joimon What Happens to Those Who Are Not Included in the NRC? We'll get through this! Meanwhile, here's all you need to know about the Coronavirus outbreak to keep yourself safe, informed, and updated. The Quint is now available on Telegram & WhatsApp too, Click here to join.