On 31 March 2015, whilst on a family trip to India, Seeta (Saini) Kaur – a 33 year old British national of Indian origin and the mother of four young children – died in highly suspicious circumstances at the home of her husband and in-laws.
It is suspected that Seeta was the victim of an honour killing, but the UK police have failed to investigate. Southall Black Sisters launched a campaign for justice for the victims of such suspected honour killings on 7 December. The campaign has been named after Seeta.
Southall Black Sisters said ″Seeta’s family is desperate for justice: the response of the British authorities has been riddled with indifference, raising a series of questions about the role of the Metropolitan Police and the FCO in such cases.″
The UK government has signed the Istanbul Convention which requires the UK to protect potential victims from and prevent violence against women, and to prosecute perpetrators who are nationals or resident in the UK whether they commit the act of violence in the UK or not. Southall Black Sisters argue that this is not being implemented, and women are being left without justice.
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