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Schoolgirl Yashika Bageerathi is expected to be deported on Mother's Day alone to Mauritius
A Palmers Green girl has received heartbreaking news that she is to be deported to Mauritius on Mothers Day alone.
Yashika Bageerathi, 19, of Fox Lane, was due to be deported on Tuesday alone back to Mauritius but was given a lifeline after it was claimed that British Airways refused to let her board the flight.
The "model" student was then taken back to Yarl’s Wood detention centre in Bedfordshire where it was revealed on Wednesday that her mother Sowbhagyawatee, 38, had also been refused asylum.
However, it has now emerged that Yashika will be deported back to Mauritius alone on Mothering Sunday, March 30 at 5.30pm.
The news comes on a day when students of Oasis Academy Hadley in Ponders End, who started the Fight for Yashika campaign, have been delivering letters to the Home Office, Department of Education, Ministry of Justice and 10 Downing Street.
Deputy principal Zoe Thompson has said that the whole school is "heartbroken".
She said: "We are all absolutely heartbroken by this news. The send her home alone on mothers day is absolutely disgraceful.
"Our students have been working so hard today and this is what has happened."
Head of Sixth Form Sarah Hamilton has been with students outside the Enfield Borough Council Civic Centre in Silver Street, Enfield, and said she is "appalled" by the latest news.
She said: “This is terrible news and I am appalled by the Home Office’s decision. Teresa May said that she could not intervene in individual cases but we know she has done it before and she should be doing it again.
“140,000 people have signed the petition, the fastest growing online petition in history and the government needs to take notice of this.
Courage Emeka, 17, a close friend of Yashika, said: “She would always be helping out around school doing one to one lessons with other students and she is very thankful of what we are doing. If she could, she would thank every person who signed the petition individually.”
Cabinet member for leisure and young people Councillor Bambos Charalambous collected letters from students and said the treatment of Yashika has been "barbaric".
He said: “I have been following the situation and her treatment has been barbaric and we have asked for her to review her application.”
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