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Disabled asylum-seeker wins eviction appeal

A DISABLED female asylum-seeker who fled threats of rape and death in India won an appeal yesterday against an eviction order.

Manjeet Kaur, who lives in Manchester, is in the final stages of seeking leave to stay in Britain after fleeing from India three years ago.

The Home Office mistakenly ruled that Ms Kaur’s application process had ended and withdrew her housing support.

Privateer Serco, which runs asylum-seeker housing in the north-west England, then issued her with an eviction order.

But she successfully had that overturned at an asylum and immigration tribunal yesterday.

Trade unionists and human rights campaigners staged a rally outside the tribunal in her support.

Stretford and Urmston MP Kate Green sent a message to the rally calling the Home Office failures “unacceptable.”

The Labour MP said: “It is now wholly inappropriate for the Home Office to withdraw her support when she has outstanding representations to the Court of Appeal and I have contacted the Home Office to ask why this has happened.”

Ms Kaur was born in Afghanistan but moved to India where she married investigative journalist Amitt Batt.

He fell foul of Indian authorities for his work and went into hiding after death threats.

Men seeking him beat Ms Kaur twice and threatened to rape and kill her.

She suffered polio as a child and has used a wheelchair since she was eight.

Since arriving in Britain Ms Kaur has become a human rights campaigner, working with the UK Disabled People’s Council and chairing Refugee and Asylum-Seeker Participatory Action Research (Rapar).

Rapar colleague Kath Grant said: “The court overruled the eviction after just looking at the paperwork. They have ruled she can keep her house until her asylum case is finally decided.

“The rally outside was good — there was lots of support.”


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