Canadian court approves extradition of 'honor killing' accused to IndiaLast updated on Sep 09, 2017, 12:19 pm
The Canadian Supreme Court has approved the extradition of two Indo-Canadians facing charges in India over their alleged role in an "honour killing."
Malkit Kaur Sidhu and Subjit Singh Badesha have been accused of orchestrating the murder of Jaswinder "Jassi" Sidhu, Malkit's daughter, in 2000, for clandestinely marrying a rickshaw driver in Punjab.
India has long sought their extradition to deliver justice for Jassi's murder.
Jassi was brutally murdered, her husband badly beaten
Jassi, a Canadian citizen, had had clandestinely married Mithu Sidhu, a rickshaw driver, in Punjab and returned to Canada.
The marriage was against Malkit and her brother Badesha's wishes.
Jassi fled to Punjab to reunite with her husband in 2000. Shortly thereafter, the couple was attacked.
Mithu was badly beaten while Jassi's body was found later in a ditch. Her throat was slit.
India wants Malkit and Badesha to stand trial
Indian police charged Malkit and Badesha, along with 11 others in connection to the attack. Three men were given life imprisonment sentences.
Indian authorities sought Malkit and Badesha's extradition so they could stand trial on charges of conspiracy to commit murder.
Efforts to bring justice to Jassi's murder and Mithu's assault has gotten widespread attention in India and North America.
How the case has progressed
In 2012, Malkit and Badesha were arrested in Canada under the Extradition Act following an international investigation by Canadian and Indian authorities.
In 2014, their extradition was ordered by a British Columbia Supreme Court judge.
However, a lower court had quashed the order over concerns that they could be mistreated while incarcerated in India.
The Canadian Supreme court has now upheld extradition.