Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

ARTI'S FIGHT GOES ON; Asylum Bid Gathers Support

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

ARTI'S FIGHT GOES ON; Asylum Bid Gathers Support

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Byline: SANDY McKENZIE

SUPPORT is growing for an Afghan family fighting to be allowed to stay in Middlesbrough.

Arti Kumar was in Leicester at the weekend to attend an event to highlight her plight organised by the British Hindu Voice.

She is planning to take action in the High Court to enable her to stay in the UK.

Arti, 42, and her two sons - Akish, 18, and Ravi, 21 - fled Afghanistan after being targeted by the Taliban.

They claimed asylum in Britain but have been told they face being deported back to their homeland.

Arti, speaking through an interpreter about the Leicester event, said: "It makes us feel happy that people are supporting us.

"Leicester is a good place with a lot of good people. It gives us hope that we might be able to live our lives in peace in Britain."

Harish Mandalia, a spokesman for the Leicester-based British Hindu Voice, said the meeting on Saturday was attended by 130 people.

"After Arti told of her struggle people were visibly moved. It was not just members of the Hindu community. This was a response from the people of Leicester.

"She is heartened by this reaction. …

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