An Indian man who was jailed for raping a 14-year-old girl will not be deported because life in his home country would be too hard.
The man appealed to the Immigration and Protection Tribunal that his deportation would be devastating, after being told he would be kicked out of New Zealand after completing his prison sentence.
In 2003 he arrived in New Zealand with his mother and siblings at the age of nine.
The tribunal’s decision says that shortly after the family was granted residence, when the man was 14, he raped a girl in an area of bush behind their local temple.
The man’s mother and the girl’s father agreed not to report the matter to police as long as the rapist left for India immediately and never returned.
After arriving back in his birth country the man lived with an uncle, the tribunal decision said. The man’s name was not given by the tribunal.