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No respite for woman deported from US

Jennifer Haynes (29), deported to Mumbai in July 2008, might have to continue to stay here in a destitute home. The Bombay High Court said it was helpless about her plea to return to the US to her husband and two minor children.

mumbai Updated: Apr 13, 2010 01:33 IST
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Jennifer Haynes (29), deported to Mumbai in July 2008, might have to continue to stay here in a destitute home.

The Bombay High Court said it was helpless about her plea to return to the US to her husband and two minor children.

A division bench of Justice F I Rebello and Justice Mridula Bhatkar, reserved the order on her petition.

In 1998, she was adopted by George and Melissa Hancox. Jennifer alleged that she was abused by the couple and kept moving from one foster home to another where she suffered physical and sexual abuse.

She was convicted in 2001 and 2004 for unlawful possession of cocaine following which she was deported to India.

On Monday, her lawyer Pradip Havnur sought suo motu inquiry into clearing her foreign adoption petition. He said false information was provided to the high court on the basis of which her adoption was cleared. The court refused to enter into the controversy saying the issues had already been examined by the judge, who handled her foreign adoption petition.