Jassi Sidhu was a beautiful and wealthy woman who fell in love with the wrong
Her name was Jassi Kaur Sidhu. She was shy, modest and
stunningly beautiful. She came to the Punjab with her wealthy Canadian
family looking for a little adventure.
During a visit to the village
where her parents were born she met and fell in love with the man
of her dreams, Mittoo Singh Sidhu. But, Mittoo had no money and
no land. His only income came from driving an auto rickshaw.
Jassi knew that her wealthy Canadian family would never approve
of Mittoo, so the couple married in secret. When Jassi's uncle
found out he was enraged. In his eyes Jassi had disgraced and dishonoured
A TRAGIC DEATH
A few months after the marriage, Jassi and Mittoo were ambushed
by a gang of men. Mittoo was left for dead. Jassi was kidnapped,
brutally murdered and on June 9, 2000 was found in an irrigation
ditch with her throat cut. The Indian police eventually charged
13 people in the murder plot, including Jassi's mother and
uncle in Canada.
Jassi's uncle was bitterly opposed to her marriage to Mittoo, a poor rickshaw
Phone records showed that the killers had been in constant contact
with Jassi's uncle in the weeks before Jassi's death,
including phone calls on the very day Jassi died. The police say
that the final order to kill Jassi had been given by Jassi's
own mother during a cell phone on the evening of June 8.
So, an unlikely romance between a wealthy girl from Canada and
a poor villager from the Punjab turned into a modern day Romeo
and Juliet story complete with betrayal, treachery, torture, kidnapping
and murder. In 2001, the fifth estate went to India to investigate
Jassi's murder and produced an award-winning documentary
called The Murdered Bride.
THE FIFTH ESTATE RETURNS TO INDIA
This updated version of The
reveals shocking new
details about the five-year-old murder case. The
and associate producer Akhil Gautam track down two of the men who
took part in the murder conspiracy including a police officer named
While Indian police and Indian justice, two systems notorious
for their corruption and slowness, have dealt with Jassi's
murder and convicted 7 men for her murder, the
fifth estate reveals
that the Canadian investigation into her family's involvement
is dragging on.
reporter Bob McKeown found Jassi's
husband, Mittoo, behind bars.
And in a dramatic confrontation with Jassi's uncle, Surjit,
Bob McKeown asks him to explain how 147 phone calls were made from
his phone to the convicted killers just prior to Jassi's
But, what of Mittoo, who survived the attack by Jassi's killers?
Five years after her death, Mittoo is in jail, facing a charge of
rape – a charge his friends and supporters say is completely
false. The fifth estate reveals that the woman who has accused
Mittoo in court documents is closely connected to one of Jassi's
JASSI'S STORY: A MOVIE
Before she died Jassi told a close friend in British Columbia
that a movie would be made about her life one day and now they
have. Murder Unveiled
, inspired by this
true story of this modern day Romeo and Juliet tale, will air on
Monday February 6, 2006, at 8:00 p.m. on CBC-TV.