Pregnant woman hospitalised after dawn raid

AN MSP has called for an end to dawn raids after a pregnant southside woman was hospitalised.

Gulnaz Bota, along with her hurband Shahid and their two children (aged 10 and two) were removed from their homes and are currently detained in the Cedars Detention centre in West Sussex.

Ms Bota, who is 31 weeks pregnant, suffers from hyperemesis — an extreme form of morning sickness — and was hospitalised due to complications caused by an infection.

Now, MSP Christina McKelvie has written to the Home Secretary, Theresa May, requesting that dawn raids are stopped in Scotland.

The family, who live in Govanhill, were due to be flown out of the country today, but the flight was cancelled as doctors at the East Surrey hospital have declared Ms Bota is too ill to travel.

Ms McKelvie said: “There is no place for this kind of inhumane practice in a modern Scotland.

“I really feel sick for the Bota family who have had to go through this terrifying experience and I hope they return to Glasgow as soon as possible.

“Storming into people’s homes in the middle of the night is completely unnecessary.

“For it to happen to a pregnant woman is completely despicable and this practice must stop immediately.

“We all accept that it is important to have an effective immigration and asylum system but dawn raids, particularly where children and pregnant women are concerned, are not acceptable”.

Glasgow MSP Humza Yousaf added: “We were promised that dawn raids were a thing of the past, but once again the UK government has shown to be wanting.

“It seems the UKBA, under the instructions of the Home Office, are happy to snatch kids from the warmth of their beds and deport them to detention centres in England.

“We have a duty to stand against this hypocrisy.

“I will continue working with my colleagues to ensure these inhumane dawn raids become a thing of the past”.