A Canadian court has put on hold the extradition of a woman and his brother to India to face trial for the honour killing of her daughter.
Citing the reasons the judge said that assurances provided by Indian authorities were not enough to make sure that the duo will get a fair trial, also health and safety of the accused were in jeopardy.
Canadian-born Jaswinder Sidhu, 25 years old, was found dead with her throat slit, in Punjab in 2000. She had married a rickshaw driver Mithu Sidhu whom she had met on an earlier trip to India. The match was reportedly not accepted by the girl’s relatives and they strongly opposed the union. Jaswinder (Jassi) and her husband were attacked by assaulters as they rode a scooter in a village near Sangrur, Punjab, in June 2000. The husband was severely beaten, Jassi was kidnapped and her dead body was later found in the canal.
Investigations by Indian authorities revealed that it was an honour killing and the main culprits were Jaswinder's mother Malkit and her uncle Surjit while the duo was still in Canada.
Seven men were convicted of the crime in India, but several of those convictions were overturned on an appeal. Former justice minister Peter MacKay ordered their surrender to face charges of murder and conspiracy to commit murder, conditional on assurances from India that they would not face the death penalty, which their health and safety would be protected in custody, and they would get consular access. In January 2015, Justice MacKay conveyed receiving assurances from Indian authorities, and that he considered them satisfactory. That decision was then appealed.