A 70 yr-old grandmother and her son Sukhdave, 43, were yesterday found guilty of murdering his wife Surjit Athwal. Good news of course, I hope they both rot in jail. There’s still too much of this going on.
Blogger Suz has interesting background perspective on this case, including the difficulty that Surjit’s brother had in raising this issue.
From the onset it was believed she had been killed and those who’d planned it. Jagdeesh and his family have campaigned tirelessly over the years trying to get justice. It was felt the Foreign office wasn’t taking much interest. There was even a suggestion that because she was Asian and not white there was a lack of motivation in getting to the bottom of the matter. The ‘Justice for Surjit’ campaign was set up to put pressure on the British government to do more to get the Indian authorities to thoroughly investigate her disappearance.
To a certain extent this case shows how much impact politicians and the media can have on forcing the authorities to act and properly investigate such cases. I believe that makes it important to keep highlighting each case to ensure this issue is not driven out of the spotlight until it is eradicated. And British Asians needs to be at the forefront of fighting it.
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