Gladys denies reports on visa refusal
By Our Special Correspondent
CHENNAI, FEB. 2. Gladys Staines, wife of the slain Australian missionary, Graham Staines, today denied reports in the Indian media about her visa and said that the Orissa Government was ``supportive of and favourable'' towards her application for a long-term visa.
In a statement released during a visit here to attend a function for the conferment of the Indo-Australian Association's Meritorious Service Award 2001 on Michael Abbott, Chairman of the Australia-India Council, Ms. Staines said: ``Many controversies about my visa are being circulated through magazines, newspapers and other media which are incorrect. I have no problem regarding the visa at present as I was given a multiple entry visa to return to India after my one year home leave. I am trying for a long-term visa for which the Government of Orissa is supportive and favourable.''
She refuted reports that she was being denied a visa for entry by the Government because of security and other reasons, and that she was also being harassed by the Government.
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