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Jail terms follow murder of local woman in India

Jonathan Fowlie

Vancouver Sun

Monday, October 24, 2005

An Indian court has given seven men life sentences in connection with the murder of a 25-year-old Maple Ridge woman five years ago, the Tribune News Service of India has reported.

Jaswinder Kaur was killed in 2000 after she and her new husband were attacked while riding a scooter in India, allegedly because her family did not approve of the man she married.

Kaur had married a poor Indian rickshaw driver from her mother's home village of Kaunkey in early 1999.

On June 8, 2000, she and her husband were attacked by four men with sharpened field-hockey sticks and other weapons.

Kaur's husband Sukhwinder Singh was left for dead, but survived the attack. Kaur was taken away in a car and her body was found the following day in a canal with her throat slit.

Among those convicted in a Sangrur court on Friday was a head constable of the Punjab police, Tribune reported. The seven men were also ordered to pay a fine of 5,000 rupees, or about $132 Cdn.

Four of the 11 men who had been charged in the case were acquitted.

In addition to the seven convictions, police in India have begun extradition proceedings against Jaswinder's mother Malkiat Kaur and her uncle Surjit Singh. The B.C. residents are alleged to have contacted a man in India from Maple Ridge to hire contract killers, according to the Tribune report.

On Sunday, Cpl. Tom Seaman of the RCMP said the Canadian arm of the investigation into Kaur and Singh is "ongoing" and that officers working on the case will meet today at headquarters to discuss the recent developments.


© The Vancouver Sun 2005

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I saw this story on TV a few years back and I was horrified and disgusted by this. They had interviews with her husband and tried to talk to her uncle who was alleged to have masterminded the killing along with her mother. Apparently she begged for her life on the phone with her mum right before her mother gave instructions on the phone to her kidnappers to kill her.

If anyone else has more details on this story they should post it up here.

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