A Kenyan woman, Maria Burendi, who had reported assault by five unknown men in Greater Noida last week, is likely to be deported because it was found that she was living on an expired student visa, the police said.
The Hindustan Times quoted Dharmendra Singh, senior superintendent of police of Gautam Budh Nagar, as saying, "We have examined Burendi's documents and we found that her student visa had expired long time ago. We will initiate the process and in a week's time, she will be deported to Kenya."
Last week when several students from African nations had been assaulted and were admitted to hospital, it was reported that Burendi was also one of the students who became the victim of a hate crime.
However, the police has said that after questioning her cab driver her story was found to be false.
The Association of African Students in India (AASI) too had withdrew the statement on the attack on the woman:
The Hindu reported that an African students group had said that she was depressed and also tendered an apology.
Reports suggest that the Kenyan High Commission also launched a probe and were said to be convinced of what the police had to say about Burendi's allegations.
"The Kenyan Embassy is angry with Maria Burendi as she lied to them. She will be sent back and a decision to this affect will most likely be taken by Tuesday," AASI vice-president, Charles Kennedy, told The Times Of India.
The newspaper reported that while India did not want to deport her because of good relations with Kenya, it will be the Kenyan embassy that will send her back.
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