An Australian-Indian couple separated from their five-year-old daughter believe stricter conditions on who can travel home from abroad with unaccompanied minors are being applied in a discriminatory fashion.
For Melbourne mother Sojanya Gullapalli, the last few months have been extremely difficult.
She has been longing to be reunited with her five-year-old daughter Heshvitha, who remains stranded in Andhra Pradesh, south-eastern India, by Australia’s tough travel restrictions.
Separated for 18 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Australian government’s controversial India flight ban from 27 April until 15 May provided a further barrier.
In recent months, adults acting as guardians for unaccompanied minors stranded in the coronavirus-stricken country have been helping to escort them home.