The Sister in law of the victim speaks out about the honour killing committed by her mother in law.
In 1998, Sikh woman, Sarbjit Kaur Athwal, played witness to the arranged murder of her sister-in-law, Surjit Kaur Athwal, who was ordered to be killed by their mother-in-law, Bachan Kaur. Leaving her two young children behind, Surjit was lured to India by her mother-in-law and killed for shaming the family after threatening to end her unhappy marriage to Kaur’s son.
Proud of her actions, Kaur revealed the truth to Sarbjit, warning her that she would be next if she also stepped out of line.
Sarbjit had the courage to tell her father who, in turn, reported the crime to the police. Both Kaur and her son, Athwal, who acted as an accomplice, were sentenced to life in prison.
Includes interviews with: Sarbjit Kaur Athwal (sister-in-law of victim and victim), Clive Driscoll (former MET Police and now Trustee of Sarbjit’s charity which launches in February 2015) and Jagdeesh Singh (Surjit’s brother)
Read the crime file here: Living with a murderer