Ignored for ten years...abandoned wife's pleas to deport immigrant husband who flouted law
- Woman speaks out after learning that partner can stay in the UK
- Wife spent a decade enduring man's taunts and has had threats from his family
- MP says case makes immigration system look like 'a joke'
- Government says it is making changes to prevent future abuse
Last updated at 10:27 PM on 15th October 2011
A British woman whose immigrant husband abandoned her weeks after getting into the UK via an arranged marriage revealed yesterday how the authorities spent ten years ignoring her pleas to deport him for flouting the law.
The 32-year-old, who has asked to remain anonymous after threats from her husband’s family, spoke out after learning to her horror that he has been told by the Home Office that he can stay in the UK.
She has spent a decade enduring his taunts about how he has taken the immigration system for a ride.
Ignored: The woman whose immigrant husband abandoned her weeks after getting into the UK following an arranged marriage. She has asked to remain anonymous
She even took police to the house where the man was hiding – only for him to escape via the back door when bungling officers left it uncovered.
Worse, she says her life is ‘ruined’ because she can never recover from the shame of Sharia law divorce – even though they are still married under British law.
Her protest has been taken up by Deputy Commons Speaker Nigel Evans, who is collecting a dossier of similar cases for Home Secretary Theresa May.
He said: ‘It is scandalous that this lady spent ten years telling the police and the Home Office of her husband’s illegal behaviour – yet they did nothing.