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Community rallies behind Cardiff University student in financial struggle

THE CARDIFF community is rallying behind Harshdeep Kaur, a remarkable second-year International Biomedical Sciences student at Cardiff University, whose journey from adversity to aspiration has captured the hearts of many. Harshdeep, affectionately known as Arsha, has faced unimaginable challenges from a very young age. At just 15, she was abandoned by her family in India, yet she has shown an unwavering determination to pursue her education and secure a better future for herself and her younger sister.

Harshdeep’s plight came to light when Joshua Evans, on behalf of a fundraising team, penned a heartfelt plea to the Herald, sharing her story of resilience. In 2019, Harshdeep made headlines in India by successfully suing her parents under the Domestic Violence Act (2008 amendment) in a ground-breaking case at the Saket District of Delhi. This legal battle compelled her parents to financially support her education abroad. Despite this victory, her parents have defaulted on their obligations, leaving Harshdeep in a precarious financial situation.

With her parents reneging on their promise to cover her tuition and living expenses, Harshdeep faces the dire prospect of losing her visa sponsorship from Cardiff University and potential deportation. The university has remained firm on its payment demands, necessitating Harshdeep to raise £12,000 by May to settle her tuition fees for the year.

Despite these overwhelming challenges, Harshdeep’s spirit remains unbroken. She has managed to cover over half of her tuition fees through the support of close friends, and a GoFundMe page set up to rally community support. Her story is not just one of struggle, but of immense courage and hope, as she continues to prioritize her education and care for her younger sister amidst financial and emotional turmoil.

Harshdeep’s determination serves as a beacon of hope and a reminder of the transformative power of education and perseverance in the face of adversity. The Cardiff community and beyond are encouraged to support Harshdeep’s fundraiser, as shared by Joshua Evans and the fundraising team, ensuring her academic journey continues unimpeded.

This story transcends Harshdeep’s personal struggle, highlighting broader issues of family abandonment, the fight for women’s and children’s rights in India, and the challenges faced by international students abroad. The Herald is proud to amplify Harshdeep’s voice, inspiring our readers to stand in solidarity with her and others in similar situations. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of those who refuse to give up, despite the odds stacked against them.

For those moved by Harshdeep’s story and wishing to contribute to her cause, visit her GoFundMe page at https://www.gofundme.com/f/empowering-dreams-on-a-journey-to-save-lives