28 September, 2020

Heer, Ranjha And A Mom’s Hitmen: A 19 Year Long Quest For Justice For Murdered Wife

Mother, uncle extradited from Canada to face trial in murder case of Jaswinder Kaur, 19 years ago

Mithu and Jassi
Heer, Ranjha And A Mom’s Hitmen: A 19 Year Long Quest For Justice For Murdered Wife
outlookindia.com
2019-02-01T10:29:24+05:30

She was on an autorickshaw, in for her maternal uncle’s home in Kaunke village in Punjab’s Jagraon. He was on foot, ­returning home from a kabaddi match. She was 24. He was a year older. And it was love at first sight when their paths crossed on that chilly evening in December 1994. Jaswinder Kaur ‘Jassi’ was the daughter of a multi-millionaire from British Columbia in Canada. Sukhwinder Singh Mithu was from a lower middle class Jat Singh family of Kaunke. By India’s strict socia­­l divisions, they were not even destined to meet. But they were married by May 1999, albeit secretly. It set in motion a chain of events that ended with the murder of Jassi in 2000 by contract killers allegedly hired her own family. It also marked the beginning of Mithu’s 19-year-long quest for justice.

Mithu believes his quest could be nearing end after Jassi’s mother Malkiat Kaur Sidhu and uncle Surjit Singh Badesha were recently extradited from Canada to face trial in the murder case, which under­lines Punjab’s obsession with...

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