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Mrs Chapti Fights Ban On Her Husband Of 37 Years Joining Her In UK Until He Speaks English

by | 27th, July 2011

RASHIDA Chapti lives in Leicester. Rashida and Vali, her husband of 37 years and father to her six children, have launched a judicial review at the High Court to challenge the new immigration rule, which they claim contravenes their rights to a family life, their right to marry and constitutes discrimination.

The new rule requires people to be able to speak English to move to the UK to be with their spouse.

Rashida Chapti is 54. She is a British citizen. Vali Chapti is 57. He is an Indian citizen. He wants to join her in Britain. He does work in a BT call centre. He speaks no English (or so he claims. No disrespect intended, Mrs Chapti, but tell him that you’ve won the Lottery in English and see how he reacts.)

The case is being heard at the High Court in Birmingham. The couple’s brief, Manjit Gill, QC, says the rule contravenes several articles of the European Convention on Human Rights: Article 8, the right to family life; Article 12, the right to marry; and Article 14, the right to be free of discrimination.

Says he:

RASHIDA Chapti lives in Leicester. Rashida and Vali, her husband of 37 years and father to her six children have launched a judicial review at the High Court to challenge the new immigration rule, which they claim contravenes their rights to a family life, their right to marry and constitutes discrimination.

The new rule requires people to be able to speak English to move to the UK to be with their spouse.

Rashida Chapti is 54. She is a British citizen.

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