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Arti Kumar

Arti Kumar: Sign the Petition

Hindu family facing deportation back to Afghanistan


Hindu asylum seeker Arti Kumar and her two sons have been told they must return to Afghanistan as their application to stay in the UK has been refused.  The family say they fear religious persecution by the Taliban if they are forced to return.

The family were moved to Middlesborough where the local community have supported them and raised awareness about their deportation.

Arti Kumar came to the UK in September 2007 after her son was attacked by the Taliban, causing him brain damage. Her daughter, Rekha, went missing before they fled Kabul and it is thought she was abducted by the Taliban.

Mrs Kumar and her sons have been through a horrible and tragic ordeal and I am saddened that the UK Border Agency has decided to deny them asylum.

They have been persecuted in Afghanistan because of their religion and came to the UK as they thought they would receive protection.

I encourage everyone to sign the petition to the Prime Minister to ask him to overturn this disastrous decision.”

The family has also received a lot of support from the Hindu Cultural Society. The president, Mr. Krishan Kumar Nath said: "The only reason I think they are being deported is that when Arti Kumar had her initial hearing at the Special Immigration Appeals Centre, she went without any legal representation and she does not speak English."