waheguroo ji ka khalsa waheguroo ji ki fateh
(a quick snopsis is that: surjit was having an affair her husband and mother in law toook surjit to india and bachan kaur got her brother to stranggle surjit and dump her in to the river she neva came back to england and alegedly this was planed by the old bibi bachan kaur!!)
A woman was murdered by her mother-in-law and husband after disgracing her Indian family by having an affair, a court has heard.
Surjit Kaur Athwal, a mother of two, was lured to India on the pretext of attending family weddings. Once there, she was allegedly strangled.
Surjit, a "Westernised" 27-year-old Sikh, worked as a customs officer at Heathrow.
Her husband Sukhdave's family were said to have been concerned that she cut her hair short, smoked cigarettes and drank alcohol.
Tensions between Surjit, her 43-year-old husband and her mother-in-law Bachan Athwal, reached breaking point when they discovered she was having an affair and she announced she wanted a divorce, the Old Bailey heard.
At a secret family meeting, the matriarch Bachan, 70, a mother of six, allegedly decreed that her daughter-inlaw had besmirched the family's honour, and said they needed to "get rid of her".
Surjit was lured on the trip to the Punjab with Bachan then "disappeared from the face of the Earth".
She has not been seen since and has made no attempt to contact her children.
One was seven, the other just a few months old when Surjit went missing.
Her husband, a minibus driver at Heathrow, quickly remarried, and is alleged to have forged Surjit's signature to seize ownership of their house.
Prosecutor Michael Worsley, QC, told the court Surjit disappeared in India in December 1998.
But the case had not come to court until now as several family members were frightened they would be the next to die if they helped police, he added.
Mr Worsley said it was clear that Sukhdave and his mother Bachan, had plotted the murder of Surjit as the ten-year arranged marriage unravelled.
The pair, both from Hayes in West London-deny murder and conspiracy to murder.
"This case concerns an unhappy arranged marriage between young Indian girl Surjit and her husband," said the prosecutor. "There had been trouble between her and her family and her mother-in-law and she had started divorce proceedings against Sukhdave.
"Surjit was a vivacious girl, and while working at a customs officer at Heathrow as the main wage-earner in her family, had adapted a somewhat Westernised style of life. It may be that was not popular at home.
"It is not in dispute that she had an affair with fellow customs officer Harry Grewal. You can imagine the resentment that would have given rise to any family where close family bonds are considerable desirable.
"They were Sikhs - and for the girl to have an affair was obviously something disgraceful. And eventually feelings against her boiled over."
Mr Worsley said Bachan, a widow, called a family meeting and, with her son, decreed that Surjit must die.
"The pair devised a plan to get the girl to India on the pretext of going to some weddings. The weddings were the bait to get her there.
"Within a few days of arriving in the Punjab she completely disappeared from the surface of the Earth.
"The Crown suggests she was strangled in India."
Mr Worsley said a family member had testified that Bachan had returned to England and "said that was what happened".
She said Bachan's brother Darshan had strangled Surjit, he added.
The brother, who lives in a rural area of the Punjab, has never been charged, added the prosecutor.
Mr Worsley said the two accused began a cover-up soon after Surjit's brother reported her disappearance.
They wrote to Scotland Yard and the Indian authorities, trying to get the investigation into her disappearance called off.
Sukhdave even forged letters from British police to their Indian counterparts, trying to suggest Surjit was at risk from her own father, to throw them off the scent, it was alleged.
The two accused also allegedly forged documents to remove Surjit's claim to a share of the family home. But it was years before the police had enough evidence to charge the pair with murder.
Mr Worsley said: "This matter came to light as late as it did because some members of the family who knew the truth of what had happened, were frightened.
"They were frightened that if they told anybody, the same sort of thing might happen to them as they believed happened to the victim.
"It was not until some years after the initial investigation had been instituted that some of them had a prick to their conscience."
The case continues.
this looks bad on the sikh nation notice the media didnt say indians but SIKH :umm:
but even more scary is that i met this bibi at sumones langar on vasakhi she helped make the flower chains for maharaj and her grandson was der and she pointed at me and sed to her grandson see look how nice he looks ur gona be like that one day :umm:
waheguroo ji ka khalsa waheguroo ji ki fateh