Disabled man deported to India after living in New Zealand for 22 years
Singh arrived in New Zealand with his family in 2000. They had visitor visas and applied for residency. He was accepted.
But in 2014, Singh was convicted of willfully damaging a car. He says a neighbor constantly bullied him, made fun of his disability and taunted him with racist comments. Singh says he complained to the police but nothing happened.
Then, during a major mental health episode, he snapped, ramming his car into the neighbor’s car. No one was injured and Singh pleaded guilty to the offence.
“I don’t believe he had adequate legal representation. He was encouraged to accept the charges as they were without presenting a report on his psychiatric condition,” attorney Alastair McClymont said.
“If it was up to me or if I had common sense, I wouldn’t have done this, I wouldn’t have done anything like this,” Singh said.
The conviction impacted his residency visa and last June two men arrived at his home and served him with deportation papers. His services were also cut.
Top immigration lawyer Alastair McClymont tried to appeal and sent numerous submissions, including psychiatric reports, to the immigration minister and his local MP, but said everything had been ignored.
“It seems disconcerting that they are not looking at it when it is a government that claims to govern with kindness, compassion and empathy, but they want to send a disabled human being to his death in what is essentially a foreign country,” he said. said McClymont. .
Singh needs the support and care of his family – they do everything for him – and his specialist medical team is in New Zealand.
In India, there is nothing. He would live alone – without support, without help, without money.
“It will be difficult to get the right treatment, the right drugs, the right care, my life is practically over in India.”
His family is distraught.
“It’s not a death sentence for Narinder, it’s a death sentence for us too,” an insider told Newshub.
Green MP Ricardo Menendez March said the immigration minister must step in and stop the deportation immediately. He wants immigration policy changed to better support people with disabilities.
“Political inaction that results in destroying people’s lives,” he said.
“We are therefore considering again calling on the Minister to prioritize this type of work so that people with disabilities do not have to go to the media to advocate for humanity and the right to dignity to be recognized.”
The Minister of Immigration refused Newshub’s request for an interview.
If nothing is done, Narinderjit Singh will head to the airport on April 29 for what could be a death sentence.