Indo-Canadian man gets life term for murdering wife
Toronto, June 22, 2013: An Indo-Canadian man has been sentenced to life in prison by a court in Canada for murdering his wife in 2011.
The supreme court of the Canadian province of British Columbia has sentenced Manmeet Singh to life in prison with no eligibility for parole for 16 years for murdering wife Ravinder Kaur Bhangu, 23, in her office July 28, 2011, media reports said Saturday.
Singh had pleaded guilty to the charge that he had walked into the office of the bilingual newspaper, Aaj Di Awaaz, in Surrey, British Columbia, and stabbed Bhangu to death in front of her colleagues.
"Women in Canada, and indeed in any civilised society, are equal persons to be accorded the full protections of the law and have the corresponding rights and privileges, including the complete liberty to make their own choices as human beings in accordance with the freedoms available to all,” the Vancouver Desi quoted judge Miriam Maisonville as saying in her ruling.
Bhangu had walked into the office of Aaj Di Awaaz, a Punjabi-English free weekly newspaper, around 11.30 a.m. that fateful day armed with a hatchet and two knives.
He struck Bhangu on her head with the hatchet and then stabbed her at least 30 times with one of the knives.
Holding his dying wife in his arms, he then called the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and confessed to the crime.
He was then arrested from the scene of the crime.
Bhangu and Singh had met in college in India, fallen in love and married in 2008.
Singh, who had earlier moved to Surrey, then sponsored his wife in August 2009.
However, in April 2011, Bhangu left Singh and started staying with a family friend.
She turned down Singh's pleas to stay with him and sought a divorce, which left the latter devastated.
In what is being described as a revenge crime, Singh, while attacking his wife, told her office colleagues that she had been unfaithful to him and that she had cheated on him.
Judge Maisonville rejected the plea of Singh's lawyer that the defendant's case should be considered in context with his upbringing in a “misogynistic culture”. ....IANS/NRIpress.com
NRI Ravinder Bhangu was stabbed to death by her husband Manmeet Singh
- Vancouver, July 29, 2011: Manmeet Singh, 26, appeared in court Friday, the day after he is accused of killing his wife Ravinder Kaur Bhangu’s (below) death, as well as assault charges pertaining to a man who attempted to intervene in the attack on Bhangu
- Ravinder Bhangu, 20, had married in India before coming to Canada about three years ago. She had told friends of marital problems and moved in with her aunt two or three months ago
- About 11am, police were called to Punjabi-English newspaper office in Surrey, located on the second floor of a strip mall in the 8100block of 128th Street, after there were reports of a stabbing.
- It was confirmed shortly afterward that Ravinder Kaur Bhangu had died at the scene of multiple stab wounds and another had been taken into custody. A third person, who had tried to help the victim, suffered minor injuries in the incident and was taken to hospital
Indo-Canadian woman killed by husband
Vancouver, July 29, 2011: An Indo-Canadian woman working at a Punjabi-English newspaper in Surrey on the outskirts of Vancouver was stabbed to death allegedly by her husband Thursday.
Twenty-four-old Ravinder Bhangu, who had married her alleged assailant in 2009, worked at the weekly English/Punjabi Sach Di Awaaz, where she was attacked.
The police, who arrested the 26-year-old assailant, said the attack was related to marital problems between the couple.
"The suspect and the victim had been married since 2009," police said.
"Investigators are conducting interviews with witnesses and will be canvassing the areas to speak with any additional witnesses."
The victim came to Canada three years ago.
Friends of the victim were quoted as saying that she had moved in with her aunt two or three months ago because of marital problems.
Surrey is home to the largest concentration of the Indian community in Canada......IANS/NRIpress.com