The death of Mandeep Kaur, 30, of Indian origin, in New York, who was tortured at the hands of her husband, has sparked outrage across India and abroad, once again raising concerns regarding domestic violence. The Indian Embassy in New York expressed its grief over the death of Kaur in Queens on Saturday and said it was in contact with US authorities at all levels and would provide all forms of assistance. assistance needed.
Mandeep Kaur moved to New York after her marriage, but was reportedly physically abused day after day by her husband Ranjotveer Singh Sandhu, apparently for not having a son, as well as for the dowry. She ended her life on August 3. The suicide sent shock waves.
In a tweet, the embassy wrote, “We are deeply saddened by the passing of Mandeep Kaur in Queens, New York, in the most tragic of circumstances. We are in contact with U.S. authorities at the federal and local levels as well as ‘with the community. We are ready to lend any assistance.”
Moments before her suicide, Kaur posted a heartbreaking video recounting the excruciating details of the torture she suffered during her 8-year marriage. The video caused a huge storm on social media.
She accused her husband of extramarital affairs and daily beatings while intoxicated. Another video has also gone viral online, allegedly showing the victim being beaten.
Uttar Pradesh Police have registered a case of incitement to dowry, suicide and domestic violence against her husband and in-laws under Sections 306 (incitement to suicide), 498-A (domestic violence) , 323 (punishment for willfully causing injury), 342 (punishment for forcible confinement) and Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961. The FIR was filed by Jaspal Singh, father of Mandeep Kaur.
US authorities have also launched their own investigation. According to Instagram page @TheKaurMovement, the New York Police Department is investigating the case as a homicide rather than a suicide. However, many wondered why Sandhu was still allowed to babysit the couple’s underage daughters.
Speaking to ANI, the victim’s sister, Kuldeep Kaur, divulged the horrifying details of what Mandeep went through on a daily basis. “My sister got married in February 2015. Soon they went to New York and he started torturing her. He wanted a son and wanted ₹50 lakh in dowry,” she said.
Mandeep was found hanged by the fan at the New York home where she lived. Family members of the deceased in Bijnor now painfully remember their daughter after seeing photos in her unhappy wedding album.
(With ANI entries)