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Elderly couple awaits daughter’s body from UK

Amaninder Pal

Tribune News Service

The parents of Asha Kaur outside the office of the Police Commissioner in Jalandhar on Thursday. Tribune photo: Malkiat Singh

Jalandhar, February 24

A Jalandhar-based elderly couple, who had married off their daughter abroad four years ago, is running from pillar to post to perform her last rites.

Asha Kaur, who was married to Kultar Singh in April 2007, was allegedly killed by her England-based in-laws on February 16. The alleged uncooperative attitude of Asha’s in-laws to fly her body back home has further annoyed the couple. The deceased’s father, Gurbax Singh, said due to limited financial resources, they could not fly to foreign shores.

Narrating their tale of woes, Gurbax Singh and his wife Nirmal Kaur, who met the city police authorities today, said their daughter was married to Kultar Singh of Southampton. He was not having cordial relationship with Asha and used to demand money from her. The birth of a girl child two years ago further made her life worst, said Gurbax Singh.

Unable to ascertain the immediate cause that led to Asha’s death, he said one of their relatives informed them that her in-laws had allegedly killed her to avail themselves of Asha’s life insurance claim.

“Asha was killed on February 16. Her in-laws did not inform us about the death. We came to know about it from one of our relatives in England,” alleged grief-stricken Nirmal Kaur.

She said Asha’s in-laws offered them two air tickets to England to perform her last rites. “But they are also threatening us of dire consequences if we go abroad. Following this, we requested them to send the body to India. But our request has fallen on deaf ears,” she alleged.

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