An Indian woman was recently allowed to reunite with her 9 year old son, who lives in Britain. The child was earlier dividing time between his mother in India and father in Britain before settling with his father in the later country. The experience of dividing time between two nations was considered unsettling for the kid. Her lawyers had suggested that mother should be allowed to enter UK as the rights to family life enshrined in Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights were being undermined. Last year, an immigration judge upheld her appeal to return and to be with her son which was challenged by UK Home Secretary Theresa May.
The 46-year-old mother had been jailed for two years after she entered the UK on a fake passport in 2005 and was then deported. According to reports, the woman first arrived in the UK in 2002 on a "visitor visa" and became involved in a conspiracy to "facilitate bogus marriages”. It is also believed that she entered into a bogus marriage and was given an extension of her leave to remain in the UK; she was convicted in her absentia in the year 2005. In 2009, she was deported on charges of fixing sham marriages, while her husband stayed in Britain. Initially, her son spent some time in India with her and some time in Britain with his father. But the Appeal judges said after about two years the arrangement has proved too unsettling for the youngster and he started to live permanently in the UK with his father. The concerned judges analysed all arguments at a hearing in London and permitted her re-entry to the country. The move is seen as a blow to the British government, because the court upheld the rights appeal of an Indian woman, which was earlier challenged by the UK government.