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Behheaded Medway mother's case raised at PMQs

Surjit Kaur
Surjit Kaur

The family of a Medway woman beheaded in India are pleased the government has promised to give them further help in their quest for justice.

Surjit Kaur, left, was kidnapped and beheaded in her homeland at the end of March, and her family asked their MP Rehman Chishti to help them make sure her killers are brought to justice.

The Gillingham MP raised the case at Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons.

The mother-of-three, a British citizen who lived in a flat in Clover Street, Chatham, was killed on a visit to the Punjab region.

The 67-year-old's family are struggling to come to terms with her brutal death, and had asked the Gillingham and Rainham member for help as they felt the Indian authorities may not see the case through to the end.

Surjit, who had been a UK resident for about 50 years, went on one of her many trips to India in February, but went missing from her son's holiday home at the end of March.

One of her sons, Baljinder Singh, flew out to India as soon as he could only to discover his mother's body had been found.

The Indian authorities have charged two men with murder and kidnap, but Mr Singh is concerned the pair might not be punished.

The accused are distant relatives of Baljinder's family, but he has no idea why his mother was killed.

Baljinder, 40, a father-of-two was worried about the case as it he says it is so corrupt in India.

Mr Chishti said in the Commons: "Can I ask the British government to urge the India authorities to carry out a full, transparent, thorough investigation and bring to account those responsible for this horrendous murder so that my constituent and his family can get some justice for their mother?"

Mr Cameron told him the government could not interfere in the processes, but he took to heart the points Mr Chishti made.

He added: "The Foreign Office has been providing the family with consular support as he knows. They will arrange to meet with my Right Honourable friend and the family to see what further assistance that we can give.

"Responsibility for investigating crime committed overseas has to rest with the police and the judicial authorities in that country."

Baljinder, said: "I'm 100 per cent grateful to Mr Chishti and can't thank him enough."

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