Another family has been imprisoned in Dungavel, including three young children, bringing the total number of children detained in the immigration prison this year to over 30, exposing the false promises of "Alternatives to Detention".
Farzana Shad and her daughters Mahnoor (9) and Muteeba (5) and son Huzaifa (7) were detained this week when they went to sign at the Home Office.
This brings the number of children detained in Dungavel this year to over 30, at least 6 of whom have been detained since the beginning of Alternatives to Detention (A2D) program on the 1st June 2009.
A2D was supposed to be a scheme where families can stay in their homes while they await removal. Children could continue at school, and families remain in fully furnished homes until removal occurred.
Farzana and her children were detained and taken to Dungavel detention centre on Tuesday 25th August 2009 and have been given removal directions for a flight at 20.25 on Saturday 29th August from Heathrow.
Farzana had an arranged marriage in Pakistan . Her husband quickly became abusive but she was unable to leave him because of the lack of support for victims of domestic violence and the social stigma around divorce in Pakistan . She came to London to join her husband and his second wife in 2006 and the abuse soon escalated. After he attempted to strangle her in front of her children she escaped and sought refuse at a police station. They advised her to claim asylum and she was subsequently relocated with her children to Glasgow .