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After 19 years of Jassi’s honour killing, accused mother and uncle to face charges

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On 8th June 2000, then 24-year-old Canadian born Jaswinder Kaur Sidhu (Jassi) was murdered in an honour killing case. The murder was a contract killing planned by her mother, Malkiat Kaur Sidhu and uncle, Surjit Singh Badesha.

After nearly 19 years of her murder in January 2019, both were extradited in India to face charges. Now, 23 witnesses have been lined up by prosecution in the Sangrur court. The charges are under Sections 302, 307 and 120-B of IPC.

The long list of witnesses includes health officials, police officers, friends of the family and residents of Narike village.

Background of the Case

Jassi came to India in 1994, fell in love with Sukhwinder Singh Sidhu (an auto-driver and a Kabaddi player). On her second trip in 1999, she secretly married him. Her family came to know through relatives.

Unable to accept her marriage to Sukhwinder Singh Sidhu,  Jassi’s mother- Malkiat Kaur Sidhu and her uncle- Surjit Singh Badesha took her back to Canada forcefully. They confined her at their Canadian home and then coerced her into signing papers accusing her husband of criminal charges. However, Jassi with the help of Canadian police escaped confinement and came to India on 12 May 2000.

 

Kidnapping and Murder

Jaswinder was kidnapped by a hired killer who took her to a farmhouse, raped her, slit her throat and dumped the body. On 8 June, her body was found in Kaonke Khosa, Ludhiana.

Sukhwinder, her husband was beaten brutally. Later, he was charged for false rape case by Jassi’s family and confined in Ludhiana Central Jail for 4 years after which he was declared innocent.

Delay in proceedings

For nearly 12 years, Malkiat and Surjit criminal proceedings were delayed due to Canadian court proceedings. Since they were Canadian citizens, Indian police required extradition.

On 6 January 2012 –Jassi’s mother and uncle were arrested by the Canadian police eleven years after her murder. After they further delayed the extradition by asking for judicial review, they were sent to India and arrested this January by Punjab Police.

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