Controversy surrounded Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre for the second time in a week when a female A-Level student was forcibly removed just before her exams.
Yashika Bageerathi, 19, was taken from the centre, in Thurleigh Road, Clapham, on Wednesday to board a flight to Mauritius despite her mother, brother and sister still living in Enfield.
The young woman had been detained at Yarl’s Wood since March 19 with her case being the subject of a campaign by her London classmates and Oasis Academy Hadley school. Some 170,000 people signed an online petition and a demonstration was held in Parliament Square.
Yashika Bageerathi’s family had fled Mauritius claiming asylum to escape physical abuse from a relative. Her mother and siblings also face removal from the UK.
The case had gone through the legal system and the Home Secretary had considered that it was not appropriate to intervene despite Enfield Southgate MP, David Burrowes, saying there was a rule not to deport a student so close to exams.
The row erupted in the wake of the death of 40-year-old detainee Christine Case at Yarl’s Wood.