killing falling under the category of a "cultural honour
Brampton, Jan 09, 2009
Tarlochan Grewal, Toronto
NRI Kamikar Singh Dhillon, stood impassively and listening to
a Punjabi interpreter in a Brampton courtroom. He was remanded
in custody until Jan. 21.
Suny Virk, lawyer of Kamikar, told court that his client had
suffered “substantial injuries” to his neck and would
require medical treatment in jail.
Police were looking into the possibility of the killing falling
under the category of a "cultural honour murder" involving
a Sikh family conflict. Investigators spent hours interviewing
Dhillon in the hospital and then later at a police station, before
he was formally charged in Brampton court.
A family friend, Manjit Gill said:
- Amandeep Kaur Dhillon hailed from v&po
Isru, Dist. Ludhiana. Three years ago, Amandeep
was sponsored to Canada by her husband, Gurinder Singh
Dhillon in a marriage arranged by their parents. He married her
in India. Amandeep had migrated to Canada in 2005.
- She and her husband had just applied to bring her family from
India. She loved her son so much.
- Amandeep Kaur Dhillon's cousin Kirandeep
from Brampton, Ontatio who is in India now, told media that Amandeep
and Gurinder had jointly taken loans for home and store. The store
was opened in August 2008 where Amandeep's murdered occured. If
any of the joint borrowers dies, the loan is waived by insurance
company. Six months ago Amandeep told her:
- She was not allowed to make telephone calls
- Her father-in-law did not allow her to go anywhere independently,
Amandeep's family alleged that they had given lakhs of rupees to
her husband's family. They are taking care of her son Manmohan Singh
who is 22 months old.
Kamikar Singh Dhillon had immigrated to Canada after divorcing
his wife Harjinder Kaur. She is staying in Saharanmajra village,
Mandi Ahmedgarh near Ludhiana.
According to Sun, Amandeep was counting the
days until being reunited with her 18-month-old son, cared for by
her parents in India. Instead, her elderly parents were at the Canadian
embassy in the Punjab yesterday trying to obtain emergency visas
to travel here for their daughter's funeral.
The term "honour killing" shouldn't be brought into the
discussion are playing off "political correctness," said
Tarek Fatah, founder of the Muslim Canadian Congress and author
of Chasing a Mirage, The Tragic Illusion of an Islamic State.
The killings, in which families or communities believe their honour
justifies murder, are "a problem" in the Muslim and Sikh
communities and merit a separate charge in the Criminal Code, Fatah
"This is a different sort of a killing in which the murderer,
usually a male, acts in a way which is unconscionable from how we
treat gender equality in this society," Fatah said. "There
is almost no attempt made (in Canada) to teach people who come from
patriarchal and misogynistic societies that women are not the property
Gunraj argued that patriarchy is expressed in all communities across
"Women still don't get the rights and respect they deserve,
women still are being abused at a higher rate,"