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  • 28 March 2014, 23:26

Student To Be Deported To Mauritius On Sunday

Student Yashika Bageerathi is to be deported to Mauritius alone on Sunday - as the number of people campaigning to keep her in Britain topped 142,000.

The 19-year-old will fly back to the Indian Ocean island at 5pm on Mother's Day.

The cases of her mother and siblings are being dealt with separately, meaning she will travel on her own.

Miss Bageerathi came to Britain in 2011 from Mauritius on a tourist visa to escape domestic violence.

The student arrived with her sister and brother to live with her mother, who had fled in 2009.

On Monday, barristers took an injunction to the High Court asking for her to be allowed to at least finish her A-Levels and be with her family, but the case was rejected.

She was initially due to leave Britain on Tuesday afternoon without her mother, sister and brother - but was given a last-minute reprieve.

A high-profile campaign apparently led to British Airways not accepting her on a flight from Gatwick Airport.

But the family's celebrations were short-lived when just hours later, the teenager's mother was informed that her own application for asylum had also been rejected by the Home Office.

It meant that she too would have to leave the country with her other two children.

At the weekend, Miss Bageerathi's fellow London students, teachers and neighbours staged a protest march to the Home Office.

An online petition calling on Home Secretary Theresa May to stop the deportation has collected more than 142,000 signatures.

The teenager's school principal, Lynne Dawes, has been a figurehead in the campaign since her pupil was taken into Yarl's Wood  immigration detention centre, in Bedfordshire.

The Air Mauritius flight is due to take off at 5pm on Sunday.

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