British Columbia

B.C. mother arrested in slaying of daughter in India

The mother and uncle of Jassi Sidhu, a Canadian woman killed in India in June 2000, have been arrested and are being held in custody in B.C. pending an extradition hearing.

Jassi Sidhu killed, her husband seriously hurt, in June 2000

Jassi Sidhu was killed on a visit to India and four people have been convicted of being involved in the 2000 slaying. Two B.C. residents were arrested Friday in connection with the killing. (CBC)

A B.C. woman and her brother have been arrested in connection with the 2000 slaying of the woman's daughter, Jassi Sidhu, and the attempted murder of the young woman's husband in India in what has been described as an honour killing.

Malkit Kaur Sidhu, 63, the mother of victim Jassi Sidhu, was arrested Friday in the Vancouver suburb of Maple Ridge. (CBC)

Malkit Kaur Sidhu, 63, and Surjit Singh Badesha, 67, Jassi Sidhu's uncle, were arrested Friday in the Vancouver suburb of Maple Ridge.

The two were taken into custody after the B.C. Supreme Court issued arrest warrants under the Extradition Act and will be held pending an extradition hearing, said Cpl. Annie Linteau.

The events surrounding Jassi Sidhu's death have been extensively reported by the CBC-TV investigative news program, The Fifth Estate.

Four other people have already been convicted in India of murder, attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder in connection with Jassi Sidhu's slaying and the attempted murder of her husband, Mithu Sidhu.

Watch for the re-broadcast of this program on The Fifth Estate at 8 p.m. ET Saturday, and at 7 p.m. ET Sunday.

The 25-year-old woman, a Canadian citizen and resident of Maple Ridge, was killed in Punjab, India, and her husband was seriously injured in the same attack in June 2000. 

Jassi Sidhu had met her future husband during a visit to the Punjabi village where her parents were born, but according to court testimony, the man had no money, no property and his only income came from driving a small taxi called an auto rickshaw.

Jassi Sidhu and her husband, Mithu Sidhu, were attacked in June 2000 in Punjab, India. (CBC)

The Fifth Estate reported that Sidhu knew that her wealthy Canadian family would never approve of her choice of husband, so the couple married in secret, enraging some members of her family.

Linteau said RCMP officers have been involved in the investigation since 2004, when contacted by police in India, and made several trips to the Punjab as part of their inquiries.