21 June 2008

Justice for Jassi

Jassi Kaur Sidhu was born in Maple Ridge, BC in 1975. On June 8, 2000, the 25-year-old was found murdered. She had recently married against the wishes of her wealthy family.

The details of her murder have been retold in several documentaries, including the CBC's the fifth estate documentary The Murdered Bride, which originally aired in 2001 and was followed up in 2006 by the CBC movie Murder Unveiled, also referenced in above link.

The key suspects in the contract killing, Jassi's mother Malkiat Kaur and millionaire uncle Surjit Singh Badesha, were accused by the Indian court as having been the masterminds behind Jassi's murder. They allegedly hired killers to murder Jassi and Sukhwinder Sidhu (Mithu), her new husband.

Left in the streets to die, Mithu survived the attack. Today, he languishes in a Punjab jail on charges based on dubious claims promoted by his dead wife’s powerful and well-connected Punjab relatives.

A petition has been circulating since 2006 urging the investigation and conviction of Jassi's mother and uncle. Despite this and other intensive efforts by Jassi's supporters, Indian police investigators continue to be frustrated by the lack of action by the RCMP on their requests for extradition.

More information about Jassi's murder is available on the petition website. Please sign it and spread the word.

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