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Indian-origin woman to skydive against racism

world Updated: Oct 19, 2009 15:59 IST
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A 22-year-old wheelchair-bound daredevil Indian-origin woman, suffering from cerebral-palsy plans to skydive from more than 14,000 feet to raise funds to fight against 'racism and fascism' in the UK.

Rupy Kaur, a disability activist who takes her inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi, will undertake the feat on December 6 in Lake District, a picturesque region in northwest of England. She comes from a family of fighters of justice.

"Just because you are disabled it does not mean you cannot participate in extreme sports. Obviously, you've got to think about the pros and cons but it should not hold you back," Kaur was quoted as saying by Messenger.

Stating that she is proud of her Indian origin, Kaur, a psychology graduate of Manchester University said money raised from the act would go towards two of Britain's best-known groups campaigning against 'fascism and racism' - Searchlight and Hope Not Hate.

Her moves comes amid recent violent demonstrations by racist and anti-immigration groups in towns and cities with large non-white populations in Britain.

Kaur is particularly critical of the anti-immigration British National Party (BNP) which is in the midst of a major controversy over a decision by BBC television to invite its leader to participate in a popular current affairs panel discussion show called Question Time this week.