Montreal, CANADA : A woman Sidhu from British Columbia, the westernmost province in Canada, and her 72-year-old brother Badesha will now be extradited to India to face trial in the “Honour Killing” of Jassi Sidhu in 2002.
Jassi Sidhu’s body was dumped near a canal with slit to her throat for secretly marrying a man ‘much lower in social status’ , Mithu Sidhu,
The two got married while Jassi’s marriage was being arranged to a much older man in Canada.
The pair’s secret marriage was revealed to the family only after an year and Jassi flew down to join her husband in Punjab. On a day when the duo rode on scooter, hired thugs attacked them and beat Mithu brutally, leaving him for dead.
The gang then kidnapped Jassi to a different location and slit her throat.
While 11 thugs were convicted by lower court 4 got away in the upper.
India has been pleading extradition of Jassi’s mother Sidhu and uncle Badesha, who allegedly masterminded the killing.
Don’t send us to India
Lawyers for the accused argued that they would face neglect or mistreatment in India’s prison system and that there was no guarantee India would not administer the death penalty. They further argued that deporting them would violate constitutional rights under Sec 7 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which guarantees the right to life, liberty and security of a person.
India on it’s part assured that the pair would have access to medical treatments and will not be mistreated.
Global Justice at Stake
Meanwhile, govt lawyers in Canada argued the global system of justice, that relies on extradition treaties, could be diminished if Canada refused to send the pair to face trial in India.
“Reasonable” observed the court
“In this case, it was reasonable for the minister to conclude that, on basis of the assurances received from India, there was no substantial risk of torture or mistreatment of Badesha or Sidhu that would offend the principles of fundamental justice protected by s. 7 or the charter, and that their surrenders were not otherwise unjust or oppressive.
It is the theory of Indian government that Jassi was the victim of an “honour killing” arranged by her mother and uncle, the judgment read.
Honour killings are normally murders committed because of patriarchal concepts of honour and shame. They are considered gender-based crimes, since girls and women are usually the victims, the court observed.
The unanimous verdict for surrender was released yesterday, 8 Sept