British Sikh woman honour killing victim in India: family
A British Sikh family has written to UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson calling for a new investigation into the death of a woman who they claim was the victim of an honour killing in India. The woman, who cannot be named due to legal reasons, was a mother of four who died in “highly suspicious circumstances” in March 2015 after allegedly refusing to allow one of her sons to be adopted by her childless brother-in-law, who was said to be desperate for a male heir to secure “ancestral wealth”, The Sunday Times reported.
In the letter to Johnson this week, representatives of the mother’s family say she was “tricked” into going on a family trip to India, where she died after a heated argument with her husband about giving up their youngest son. The family said they were told she had died of a “sudden heart attack”, but found bruises on her body. She was cremated without their knowledge before they could fly her back to Britain.
The relatives claim they have been “shunted from pillar to post” by the UK Foreign Office and Metropolitan police and have a meeting in the Parliament complex in London next week where they will call for a fresh investigation into the death. The husband, a Hindu builder who lives with his family in north London, could not be contacted for a comment. Scotland Yard said it was “aware of the tragic death” but was “unable to comment publicly”.