The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that a B.C. woman, Malkit Kaur Sidhu and her brother Subjit Singh Badesha , accused of masterminding the murder of her 25-year-old daughter, should be extradited to India to face justice.
Both are accused of planning the murder in 2000 of Jaswinder aka Jassi Sidhu in Punjab.
The alleged murder of Jassi Sidhu, a young Indian-Canadian woman, was over a clandestine marriage to a man her family considered unsuitable. Jassi secretly married Mithu Sidhu, a rickshaw driver, instead of the wealthy, older man her family reportedly preferred.She fled to India to reunite with her husband a few months after her family learned of the marriage. Soon after, the couple were attacked while on a motor scooter. Mithu was badly beaten while the body of Jassi, with her throat cut, was found in a ditch the next day.
Thirteen people, including Subjit Singh Badesha and Malkit Kaur Sidhu, were charged in India in connection with the attacks. Three men in India were eventually given life sentences.
Mrs Sidhu and Mr Badesha – the two Canadians accused – were arrested in Canada in 2012 under the Extradition Act following an international investigation by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and Indian authorities.