A 28-year-old woman from Khai village in Nihal Singh Wala division of Moga district is believed to have died by suicide in the city of Brampton in Canada.
Her family alleged she was being harassed by her in-laws after her husband’s visa to Canada was rejected three times on technical grounds. The family alleged that her husband and in-laws were demanding Rs 35 lakh from her and filing for divorce due to her “failure” to bring her husband to Canada.
Rajwinder Singh Khai, brother of the deceased, said he received a call from Brampton police saying his sister Jaspreet Kaur (28) hanged herself to death on the night of July 21. Jaspreet had gone to Canada on a study visa.
Rajwinder Singh said his sister got married to Gurmeet Singh from Naraingarh village in Barnala in August 2019. “My sister had passed IELTS and after few months of marriage her in-laws sent her to Canada with a study visa so that she would also call her husband after settling down. However, Gurmeet’s visa was rejected three times for technical reasons. Since then, her in-laws’ behavior changed and they started harassing her. They then started pressuring her to return to India and bring Rs 35 lakh from her parents so the couple could go to Spain together,” the brother said.
Jaspreet agreed to return to India but said she could not ask her parents for money as they could not afford it. “My father and I are farmers. We had borne all of the expenses of his marriage, but his school fees for Canada were paid for by his in-laws. It was not her fault that her husband’s visa had been refused for technical reasons. She was being pressured either to bring Rs 35 lakh or to divorce her. She wasn’t ready to divorce,” her brother said.
He said they were waiting for Jaspreet’s body to come home. “We will file a complaint with the police once his body is there,” the brother said. Jaspreet last spoke to his father on the morning of July 21 and said everything was fine. However, after a few hours, she reportedly hanged herself to death.