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Terror left Sargun Ragi nowhere to hide - and she was killed by her estranged husband Avjit Singh

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Terror left Sargun Ragi nowhere to hide - and she was killed by her estranged husband Avjit Singh

ABANDONED by her family, alone, frightened and brutalised by her husband, Sargun Ragi put her faith in the justice system - and died for it.




Murdered young wife betrayed

While still the subject of a police investigation, theHerald Sun has been told she was stabbed to death by her estranged husband, Avjit Singh, who burnt her body before killing himself in the inferno.The vibrant 23-year-old, who had dreams of becoming a travel agent, arrived in Australia on May 24 and died last Thursday in the Kew home she had lived in for just three days.

Her last weeks of life have been described as nothing short of hell on Earth.

The Herald Sun successfully applied to the courts and won the right to reveal the contents of the intervention order that had been granted to try to protect her.

How young wife was betrayed

The intervention order, which was issued in the Broadmeadows Magistrates' Court on August 20, three days after her 23rd birthday, revealed police held grave concerns for Ms Ragi.

"The affected family member is in fear for her life and believes her husband will kill her," the order stated. "Police have grave concerns for the welfare of (Ms Ragi) and believe she is vulnerable and in imminent danger."

The document states Ms Ragi had been in an arranged marriage in India about a year ago but had lived in Australia for only a short while.

Her unhappy marriage went from bad to worse when she formed a relationship with one of her husband's friends about two weeks before the intervention order was granted.

Ms Ragi was subjected to a prolonged period of false imprisonment, rapes, beatings and starvation.

Court documents show her husband treated Ms Ragi like an unwanted possession, locking her inside his Fawkner unit and giving her food only once a day.

The 31-year-old taxi driver, who had lived in Australia for the past eight years, is claimed to have had many extra-marital affairs, but his wife's affair was seen as the ultimate betrayal.

"(Ms Ragi) claims that she is beaten on a daily basis because of the affair. (She) also states that the respondent has sex with her daily and if she refuses to have sex with him he beats her," the intervention order stated.

"The respondent has taken the AFM (affected family member's) phone off her ... has kept the AFM locked inside the unit where they are now living and will not let her leave the house and locks her in with a key."

The document goes on to report Ms Ragi sustained injuries from the assaults on her legs and it was believed she had been the victim of a serious sexual assault.

Ms Ragi was given a chance of freedom when she was discovered by a concerned landlord on August 16.

Two good Samaritans, appalled by the terrified woman's plight, took her in, and gave her shelter in their home for seven weeks before finding the Kew home where she was tragically murdered by her husband, just three days after moving in.

A source close to the case claimed Singh breached the intervention order many times in the weeks before her murder, and that both Ms Ragi and her friend notified police of the breaches.

A Victoria Police spokeswoman said Ms Ragi contacted police three times to report she had received phone calls, believed to be from an international number, as well as calls from a private number where the caller hung up upon her answering, and text messages from a person known to Singh.

"On one occasion she received a call directly from the male who was subject to the IVO," she said.

"Police investigated each of these contacts; however, it could not be established at the time who had instigated the calls or messages.

"These investigations were continuing."

On September 24, 10 days before Ms Ragi was murdered, she appeared again at Broadmeadows Magistrates' Court where the matter was adjourned to December 4 for a contested hearing.

Police confirmed Ms Ragi attended the Fawkner police station a day later to formally report the breaches and make a statement.

"At no time did police receive reports that the woman was being followed or otherwise harassed and her primary concern was that the man stop calling her," the spokeswoman said.

How Singh was able to track down his wife's new address in Kew so quickly, and how police reacted to her calls for help, are likely to be the subject of a coronial inquest. But for the few who took pity on Ms Ragi, the outcome will not offer any real peace.

The source said: "The judicial system let this girl down badly. They didn't take the allegation of rape seriously ... they didn't take the situation of her being at risk seriously, they didn't take the numerous breaches of the intervention seriously.

"I would have thought that once you'd breached an intervention you're immediately arrested ... it was continuous harassment from the day (she was rescued) to the day that she died.

"It was total harassment and it was reported to the police on numerous occasions, and more particularly on the 24th of September."

The source said it was not the first time the justice system had got it wrong, and it would not be the last.

"I'm very disappointed in how police have handled this from start to finish," he said.

"But what do you do?

"How are we going to change this?"




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And a Sardar at that too. What a horrible image hes made for Sikhs.

too many of these disgusting sorry excuse for a human beings are cropping up in our community!!!

I can't wait till the guy dies and goes to naarak for his sins.

he's already dead...it was a murder-suicide.

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Why did Avjit Singh kill Sargun Ragi????

Recently there has been news all around about the death of Avjit Singh and Sargun Ragi. All news headlines on the basis of court reports have portrayed Avjit Singh in a negative manner. However what was the story behind Avjit Singh’s mind and why he did that.

Avjit Singh had been living in Australia for more than seven years now. Among his friends circle, he was known as a very jolly, honest, peaceful and innocent person. He was also known to be very kind at heart and was always willing to help people in need.

His life turned by 180 degrees after his marriage with Sargun Ragi in mid 2011. Soon after hismarriage, it was found that she had extra-marital affairs in India only. Even Sargun’s parents were not happy with her character; however she pleaded guilty before her husband when it was discovered that she didn’t possess good character. She made promises to her innocent husband that she will not bring anyone else anymore in her life and also took oaths on the name of God.

Avjit and his family trusted her and thought that she might change after reaching Australia. But none of them knew that she was playing bogus games with them. Anyways she came to Australia and started living with her husband. One day her husband came back from work earlier and he found his wife in an objectionable condition with one of his friends at his own home. In a shocking, angry and embarrassing condition, Avjit Singh did slap and beat her wife. However once again her wife pleaded guilty before him and told him that she won’t repeat it and she herself asked Avjit Singh to lock her in the house and take keys with himself and she will stay all day at home. Avjit Singh gave her another chance in the hope of survival of his married relation. But his hopes shattered within a week only when one day he came back from work and found her wife missing in the home. He immediately called his friend in Canberra to seek his advice for next steps who advised him to report to the police about this. He went to the nearby police station and then found that she was actually in the neighbour’s home and she instead reported that Avjit Singh had locked her and wasn’t treating her well. Everyone knows that in any country, it’s usually woman, who is heard and the same happened with Avjit Singh. His wife got intervention orders from court and she was permitted to live in the house alone while Avjit Singh will need to leave the place. After leaving the home, soon Avjit Singh found that Sargun was not even living in that home anymore and was instead living with his next door neighbour with whom she had maintained relations as well. Avjit Singh went back to court and asked for permission to stay in that home as his wife was not living there any more so that he doesn’t have to pay rent at two places. Court accepted his request and gave him permission to stay in the original home.

Avjit Singh was not anymore in control of his mind and he was feeling angry, fuming, heated and revengeful towards his wife. So in his mind, he was just searching for the whereabouts of Sargun Ragi. And when he found her address, from there everyone knows what happened as per various news sources.

What Avjit Singh could have done instead?

Avjit Singh’s wife was on a spouse visa and as per Australian immigration policy; she needed to spend at least two years in Australia with sponsorship from her husband to continue staying. Avjit could have actually taken away his sponsorship and should have sent her back to India and thus could have saved two lives. He should have ended his marriage relation with her in a legal way instead of killing her and then suiciding himself. He has now left behind his old parents and a young sister. His family is not very much financially strong as well and he was thier only hope for survival at this old age and from financial perspective as well.......God bless his soul and help his parents to face and survive his loss.

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A tale that is, sadly. so common.

Guys in similar situations (i.e. the husband) need to understand that the sympathy will always be with the female because of her "fish out of water" situation, as well as the common misconception that the female has been plucked from her village back home and forced to marry the so-called foreigner.

Of course there are those cases where the female is genuinely aggrieved and the husband and his family do commit horrible crimes against newly-arrived brides, which means people are automatically biased against the male and assume he has done wrong without any facts having come to the surface.

Killing the lady was completely wrong, and that should not be condoned. As suggested above he should've grassed her up and sent her packing. But that's easy to say in hindsight I suppose.

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