B.C. pair extradited to face trial in India after being accused of ‘honor killing’ 19 years ago

Darya Zargar / January 24, 2019

Jassi Sidhu (left) and her husband, Mithu Sidhu (right).
(RCMP)

A B.C. pair will face trial in India after being extradited from Canada. They’re accused of masterminding the death of 25 year-old Jaswinder (Jassi) Kaur Sidhu.

On her way to India, Jassi Sidhu was kidnapped and murdered for defying her family and marrying a poor rickshaw driver.

The two people being extradited are her mother, Malkit Kaur Sidhu, and her uncle Surjit Singh Badesha.

The pair will appear in court on January 25th.

What happened?

Jassi Sidhu’s murder occurred back in 2000, the trial is now coming nearly two decades after her death.

Badesha and Sidhu are charged with supplying money to contract killers to plot Jassi Sidhu’s slaying.

Jassi Sihdu was found with her throat slit in a canal. Her husband, Mithu Singh Sihdu was badly beaten but survived the attack.

In 2012,  Badesha and Sidhu were taken into custody. The B.C. Supreme Court ruled in favor to have the pair extradited in 2014. But that ruling fell through and appeal court decided to keep the finding.

Badesha and Sidhu tried to avoid extradition to India. In December 2017, they were pulled of a plane leaving for Toronto at the last minute.

In connection to the case, several others have been convicted in India for charges including murder, attempted murder and conspiracy to murder.

(Sierra Simpson/ BCIT News)

A key aspect of Jassi Sihdu’s murder was the allegation that she had “disrespected her family” by marrying a rickshaw driver – someone deemed to be from a lower caste

The Indian Caste System is divided up into the following titles:

  • Brahmins
  • Kshatriyas
  • Vaishya
  • Sudra
  • Dalits

Canada’s Extradition Treaties

Canada has extradition treaties with over 30 different countries. Which includes: Germany, India, Italy and Mexico, the most relevant have been the extradition treaties with the United States and India.

Click on the map below to explore more about Canada’s extradition treaties.

With files from Sierra Simpson