Honor Killing in BC
On June 8th 2000, Jaswinder, or Jassi, Sidhu, a former beautician from Maple Ridge, Canada was murdered at age 25 in a highly suspected honor killing planned by her mother. Now, both her mother and uncle face possible extradition to India to face charges of conspiracy to commit murder.
An excerpt from the National Post:
“Jassi’s mother, Malkit Kaur Sidhu, 63, and maternal uncle Surjit Singh Badesha, 67, of a prosperous blueberry farming family, are in custody after the British Columbia Supreme Court issued an arrest warrant on behalf of India, which wants to try them for arranging her murder and the attempted murder of her lower-class husband, an Indian rickshaw driver she chose over the 60-year-old business colleague proferred by her family.”
Nearly 13 years later, the extradition hearing for her mother and her maternal uncle has just begun. Friends of Jassi, including a co-worker, Jody Wright, testified that Jassi feared for her life and her husband’s life after her secret marriage was found out by her family. In the end it will be BC Supreme Court’s decision whether or not Jassi’s mother and her maternal uncle are brought back to India where they are wanted for conspiracy to commit murder.