Canadian Honor killing suspects, mother and uncle, extradited to India
January 25, 2019 | Brainwave Science
Two prime accused in the 19-year-old murder case of Canadian-born Jaswinder Kaur Sidhu have been extradited from Canada to India to face justice for their alleged roles in the crime. The 25-year-old victim, Jaswinder, known as Jassi, was murdered in Punjab in June 2000 during a visit to India, allegedly at the behest of her relatives who were upset that she got married to a boy from a lower caste.
According to Punjab Police, the prime suspects in this case are Jassi’s mother, Malkit Kaur Sidhu, and maternal uncle, Surjit Singh Badesha. The Police officer said, “Surjit Badesha and his sister Malkit Sidhu had hired contract killers in India to eliminate Malkit’s daughter Jassi.”
The murder case became a much talked-about Honor-killing case in Canada’s strong Indian community. Punjab Police prior investigations confirmed that it was an “Honor killing” plotted by two prime accused while they were in Canada. Jassi filed an affidavit in which she mentioned her family was capable of killing her and her husband. The victim allegedly fled Canada after constant harassment and abuse by her family once they became aware of her marriage. A mob of men in the Punjab, India attacked the victim and her rickshaw-driver husband, Sukhwinder Singh Sidhu. The husband was severely beaten and left to die while Jassi was kidnapped and later killed. Jassi’s body was recovered near a canal after they slashed her throat.
The family has denied involvement in the killing from the beginning and fought extradition all the way to the supreme court, which ruled against them in 2017. According to officer Swaran Khanna, who investigated the case, the key evidence in this case are Jassi’s affidavit and phone call records between family members and the hired killers.
Indian prosecutors have stated the prime suspects furiously opposed the young woman’s marriage to a lower caste man, which the victim had kept secret for a year. Seven people in India, including a police officer, were originally convicted of orchestrating the killing on behalf of Jaswinder’s family in Canada.
The UN estimates that around 5,000 women and girls are murdered each year in so-called “honor killings” by members of their families. Honor killings are a reported across the world in several countries with countries in Asia dominating in numbers. No one knows just how many people are murdered each year to restore family honor. The killings often go unreported, and even when a murder is reported, it can be difficult distinguishing between an “honor killing” and an incident of domestic violence. This evil practice of honor killing is not only famous in villages and smaller towns in India but has been on the rise even in Metropolitans. Every year thousands of ‘Honor killings’ cases continue to pile up and convictions are few due to lack of evidence.
Voices have also been raised to demand a separate legislation on ‘Honor Killing’ as it would bring more clarity for law enforcement agencies. In India, Honor killing are especially often seen in regions like Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, where infamous ‘khap panchayats’ are said to rule and covertly endorse these killing in the name of saving the ‘Family Honor’. Killing or abusing in the name of ‘Family Honor’ is widely spread around Asia and Middle East. Rahaf Al Qunun, a Saudi woman, fled to Thailand from Saudi Arabia as she feared her family would kill her for being atheist.
The biggest challenge for law enforcement personnel in Jassi‘s case was to extradite the prime accused from Canada to India. Now, after 19 years of patience, law enforcement requires proper and accurate information, connections, testimonies to investigate and prosecute this case swiftly. The time frame of providing justice to victims of honor killing cases are more than years and Jassi’s case prove that. The reason is, in most of the cases, a local police officer is involved who trace the couple or even sabotage the evidence after the incident. Therefore, without substantial evidence presented in the court, guilt cannot be proven.
It is understood that for conviction, strong evidence is required and to obtain evidence, precise investigation is mandatory. The existing conventional investigative tools preferred by law enforcement agencies in honor killing cases cannot provide beneficial results due to sabotaged evidence and long periods of time having passed. Storage and preservation of DNA evidence and timely collection of fingerprints for events that occurred decades ago is a known challenge.
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Through iCognative technology, law enforcement personnel could not identify the murderer or gain specific crime-related information but also identify the accomplice or supporters in the crime. iCognative’s goal is to make sure that no perpetrator remains unpunished for his crime due to lack of substantial evidence, which is a common challenge for the law enforcement agencies.
Indian Law enforcement agencies can utilize iCognative technology in cases like Jassi’s where conviction of prime accused depends on 19-year-old evidence and testimonies. iCognative technology is most appropriate technology in such cases as a perpetrator cannot hide any crime-related information inside his brain. How? Simple, this technology is based on the scientifically proven P300 and P300-MERMER brain responses, which only activates when a suspect sees a piece of information that his brain already possesses using a non-invasive proprietary headset to record brainwaves. In this case, Punjab Police can conduct a 45-minutes iCognative test on the prime accused to determine what specific information they possess or are trying to conceal from the investigators. Information such as: did they hire the contract killers, method used to hire killers, identification of accused law enforcement personnel, identification of contract killers, how much amount was paid, financial details, motive behind the murder, did they want to kill the couple, etc., would be easily available to the Indian law enforcement personnel to investigate once the test is completed. An assigned investigator uploads all the investigative details related to this case into the iCognative system protocol. The system records and analyzes the brain responses when case related known and confidential information (together called Stimuli) is flashed to the suspects on a digital screen in the form of phrases, words or pictures for system to determine with over 99% accuracy if the brain of the suspects contains specific crime related information in their brains.
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