The family of Mandeep Kaur, an Indian woman who died by suicide in New York after detailing her abuse in a video, said the husband cremated her even as they were trying to retrieve the body. “I am not satisfied (with the steps taken by the Indian government). He performs the final rites in secret,” her brother, Sandeep Singh, told NDTV, speaking from the family village in UP’s. Bijnor.
“I don’t know what the authorities are doing there. How can a defendant be allowed to do that,” he demanded and sought help in prosecuting her husband, Ranjodhbeer Singh Sandhu, an American truck driver who speaks Punjabi. Sikh family in Bijnor. The marriage was arranged by both sides of the family in 2015.
Their two daughters – 6 and 4 – remain in the US with her husband, who allegedly abused her for “failing to produce a son”.
The family’s statement about the “secret cremation” came hours after India’s foreign ministry said it was in contact with US authorities and the family. However, its tweet doesn’t say anything about a cremation.
Mandeep Kaur, 30 years old, passed away on 4 Aug. A Her video details her abuse It went viral, in which she said, “It’s been eight years. Now I can’t be beaten every day… Father, please forgive me. I’m dying.” Then several other videos emerged – which she sent to family and friends – showing the husband beating her as the children cried for him to stop.
The cremation request is backed by the Kaur Movement, a Sikh women’s rights organization that shared her video. It says in a Instagram post that New York authorities have so far not convicted the husband. NDTV has yet to receive independent confirmation from New York.
Two days ago, the family launched an online petition asking for her body to be handed over to her family in India. The petition on ‘change.org’ also asks that her daughters be protected and their guardianship assigned to their family in India.
Mandeep Kaur’s father and brother say they knew about the torture but she stopped them from pursuing legal action.
The The Ministry of Foreign Affairs today said“The suicide of Mandeep Kaur, an Indian living in New York, is tragic. Our consulate in New York is in contact with local authorities, police, families and the Indian community. Our embassy in Washington, DC is contacting the US authorities who have assured us of appropriate action.
It added that Indian authorities “will continue to make efforts to thoroughly investigate and provide necessary help to family members”. The Indian Consulate in New York had earlier issued a tweet promising similar assistance.
Family members said they know that the husband abused herbut “she wanted to give him a chance because she was worried about her two daughters”.
Her father, Jaspal Singh, filed a complaint against her husband’s suicide at the police station here, naming his parents, who live in a nearby village.