Canada Court stops Extradition of Honor Killing accused to India alleging Human Rights violations in Indian prisons
The British Columbia Appeal Court has stopped the extradition of the mother and uncle of a Canadian woman who was the victim of an alleged “honor killing”. The extradition has been denied on apprehension of they there existed a substantial risk that they would be mistreated in India.
Mr. Surjit Badesha and Ms. Malkit Sidhu were the uncle and mother respectively of Jaswinder Kaur Sidhu, who was killed on 8 June 2000 in the State of Punjab, India. It has been alleged that they orchestrated an honour killing from Canada, because Jaswinder defied the family’s wishes to repudiate her marriage to Sukhwinder Singh Sidhu, a rickshaw driver who was considered by the applicants to be of an inferior social class. 13 persons were charged with Jaswinder’s murder in India.
By a diplomatic note dated 28 March 2011, India had formally requested Badesha and Sidhu’s extradition for prosecution of the offence of conspiracy to commit murder. On 24 November 2011, an Authority to Proceed was issued on behalf of the Minister of Justice listing three Canadian offences corresponding to the criminal conduct alleged.
Minister of Justice, Mr. Peter MacKay had then ordered their extradition, on the condition that India would not impose death penalty, and would facilitate consular access, as well as assure their health and safety in custody.
Yea it’s much better we keep them in Canada.