NRI Charged With Luring Daughter To India, Killing Her Over Romance

Jan 7, 2005
Metro-Vancouver, B.C., Canada

NRI charged with luring daughter
to India, killing her over romance

Dharmendra Rataul Posted online: Thu Jul 01 2010, 01:53 hrs

Amritsar : A Belgium-based NRI, Mehtab Singh, has been arrested in Amritsar for allegedly killing his 17-year-old stepdaughter after bringing her to India, as he disapproved of her relationship with a boy belonging to a different caste. It was the boyfriend who tipped off the police from Brussels that Amritpal Kaur’s life may be under threat.

Following Lakhwinder Singh’s complaint, the police went to Mehtab’s house in Amritsar, just in time to reportedly stop the cremation. Amritpal’s body was seized and sent for post-mortem.

Amritpal and Lakhwinder met in Brussels and were in love, but the family apparently disapproved as the girl was a Jat Sikh while the boy belonged to the Lobana Sikh community. Amritpal had been brought to India on the pretext of visiting the Golden Temple and relatives living in Amritsar.

The post-mortem report indicates that she was strangulated with a plastic rope. Her body may have been later hanged from the ceiling to pass off the death as suicide. According to the police, Mehtab has confessed to killing her.

Mehtab is Amritpal’s uncle, her father’s younger brother whom her mother Rajbir Kaur married after the death of her husband 15 years ago.

"Mehtab says he was against Amritpal’s alliance with Lakhwinder," said Commissioner of Police Varinder Kumar, calling it a case of honour killing. Apart from the caste factor, the family also disapproved as Lakhwinder was unemployed. Police say Mehtab brought Amritpal here to kill her as the laws in Belgium were "too stringent".

The police are verifying if other persons besides Mehtab were involved.

"Lakhwinder knew that Amritpal had been lured to India. We got a detailed e-mail from him in which he expressed fear that she might be killed. He was trying to establish contact with the police and some relatives but by the time he could do, she was killed," said a police official investigating the crime.

The house belonging to Mehtab in a well-to-do Amritsar colony is locked and deserted. Reluctant to talk, one of the neighbours said: "The house is usually locked. We had seen Mehtab with his daughter but don’t know what happened."