Debbie Abrahams: British Lawmaker Denied Entry Into India. Here's Why
Debbie Abrahams has been very vocal about her opinion and grave concern regarding Article 370 abrogation and India stripping Kashmir off its autonomy in the recent past. Could this be the reason?
British Labour lawmaker Debbie Abrahams has been very vocal about her opinion and grave concern regarding the Article 370 abrogation and India stripping Kashmir off its autonomy in the recent past. But little did she know how much of an impact her words would have in India as the MP was denied entry to the country on Monday. Soon after landing at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi international airport, Abrahams was unable to clear customs after her valid Indian visa was rejected, informed her accomplice Harpreet Uppal. The two arrived at the airport on an Emirates flight from Dubai at 9am. Uppal said the immigration officials did not provide a solid reason for not allowing Abrahams to enter India and revoking her visa.
A copy of Abrahams’ visa – valid until October 2020 – was shared with news agencies. The immigration officer while completing the formalities informed her that her visa was cancelled. A spokesman for India’s foreign ministry did not immediately comment. Abrahams has been a member of parliament for Oldham East and Saddleworth since 2011 and was on a two-day personal trip to India, to meet friends and family. After the cancellation of her visa, Abrahams’ was allegedly taken to a cordoned off area for deportees.
She claims to be now waiting to be deported unless the Indian government has a change of heart. Abrahams added, “I tried to establish why the visa had been revoked and if I could get a ‘visa on arrival’ but no one seemed to know. Even the person who seemed to be in charge said he didn’t know and was really sorry about what had happened. So now I am just waiting to be deported ... unless the Indian government has a change of heart. I’m prepared to let the fact that I’ve been treated like a criminal go and I hope they will let me visit my family and friends.”