Woman who killed mother-in-law to save unborn daughter acquitted

HANDOUT: stock.xchng.

IANS

Washington – After nearly two years in custody, a  woman who admitted to killing her 68-year-old mother-in-law in 2012 has been released from a California jail after a jury acquitted her of first-degree murder.

The not guilty verdict came after Baljinder Kaur’s defence lawyer Mani Sidhu argued that she killed her mother-in-law Baljit Kaur in their Yuba City, California home on Oct 24, 2012, to save her unborn daughter from gender-based infanticide.

According to local media reports, Sidhu  argued that Baljinder Kaur, 39, was a battered woman, whose mother-in-law abused her and sought to force the end of Kaur’s pregnancy because the baby was a girl.

Kaur testified that her mother-in-law took her to get an abortion, which she avoided.

Sidhu said Kaur fought the woman to defend her unborn daughter, otherwise, the child would have been another victim of gender-based infanticide, which has taken the lives of tens of millions of Indian girls, he said.

The murder trial began April 15 and lasted just eight days. The jury deliberated for a day and a half.

“We believe she acted in self-defence of her child,” juror Michelle Struhs, 47, of Yuba City told local news publication Appeal-Democrat.

“We didn’t feel that our conclusion was perfect,” Struhs said. “We felt she was ‘not guilty’ rather than ‘innocent.’ We could not find her guilty based on the law.”

According to prosecutor Cameron King,  jurors simply believed Kaur was an abused woman.

None of Kaur’s family members attended hearings leading up to the trial and the courtroom audience was sparse over the last two weeks, according to Appeal-Democrat

When the verdict was announced, Kaur – wearing jeans, a sweater and a thick black braid down her back – took her hands to her face and sobbed, the news site said.

According to Sidhu, since Kaur’s April 25 release from jail, she’s  maintained her privacy and avoided media for safety reasons.

“She is safe and with her family,” he said.

Kaur has been in custody since Oct 26, 2012 and gave birth to her second daughter while in prison, according to Appeal-Democrat.

Related stories:

IANS 2014-05-02 13:04:05

[+]

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,



Readers Comments (0)

Comments are closed.

Featured

Rashida Samji

B.C. Securities Commission finds Vancouver woman who ran a Ponzi scheme committed $100 million fraud

ALMAS MEHERALLY VANCOUVER DESI VANCOUVER – A British Columbia Securities Commission panel has found that a Vancouver woman and two companies she controlled committed a $100 million fraud….
Continue Reading »

Riders were left stranded after Expo and Millennium lines of the SkyTrain stopped running in Vancouver on Monday. Arlen Redekop/PNG

TransLink says human error caused SkyTrain meltdown Monday

The SkyTrain power outage that stranded thousands of commuters Monday afternoon was caused by human error, according to TransLink. An experienced electrician was installing a…
Continue Reading »

Commonwealth Games-Glasgow-India-Canada

Four years after scrubbing floors in India at Commonwealth Games, Canada can focus solely on sport in Glasgow

LORI EWING THE CANADIAN PRESS GLASGOW — Around this time four years ago, Canadian team general manager Scott Stevenson was scrubbing floors at the Commonwealth…
Continue Reading »

LOCAL NEWS

Rashida Samji

B.C. Securities Commission finds Vancouver woman who ran a Ponzi scheme committed $100 million fraud

ALMAS MEHERALLY VANCOUVER DESI VANCOUVER – A British Columbia Securities Commission panel has found that a Vancouver woman and two companies she controlled committed a $100 million fraud….
Continue Reading »

Riders were left stranded after Expo and Millennium lines of the SkyTrain stopped running in Vancouver on Monday. Arlen Redekop/PNG

TransLink says human error caused SkyTrain meltdown Monday

The SkyTrain power outage that stranded thousands of commuters Monday afternoon was caused by human error, according to TransLink. An experienced electrician was installing a…
Continue Reading »

India-Africa-Canada

Surrey Fusion Festival shows why it’s an international winner (w/video)

Cosmopolitan doesn’t even begin to describe food and entertainment at free festival STUART DERDEYN VANCOUVER DESI In 2013, the Surrey Fusion Festival won the International…
Continue Reading »

Don't Miss...

Narinder Kaur Kalsi, who has been on life support, since a domestic dispute at her Surrey home last week has died. Kalsi was pronounced dead just before 4:30 p.m. Sunday, said police. Her husband Beldev Singh Kalsi was arrested and charged in connection to her death. — Facebook Photo.

Surrey temple president charged with murder as wife dies in hospital after alleged domestic assault

CHERYL CHAN  VANCOUVER DESI The charge against a former Surrey temple president has again been upgraded after his wife, who suffered severe injuries in an…
Continue Reading »

Laura Bates, the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, poses for a portrait in London, Monday, July 14, 2014. AP Photo/Matt Dunham

‘Take it as a compliment?’ Women go online to speak up against ‘everyday sexism’

SYLVIA HUI THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LONDON — When Laura Bates was followed home one night by a man from her bus, she didn’t think much…
Continue Reading »

INDIA_RAPE2

Angry protesters rally over police inaction after 6-year-old raped at school in southern India (w/ photos)

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW DELHI — Thousands of people angry over alleged police inaction after a 6-year-old girl was raped at her school in southern…
Continue Reading »

Sikh American designer and actor Waris Ahluwalia is featured in a Sikh American PSA. Screengrab/YouTube.

U.S. organization launches first-ever Sikh American PSA featuring Waris Ahluwalia to combat racism (with video)

VANCOUVER DESI An American Sikh organization has created the first-ever Sikh American public service announcement in an effort to combat an ongoing “anti-turban bias” across…
Continue Reading »

Shadab (L) and Sanjana's relationship has finally been accepted by their families and they will be  getting married soon. Gagan Nayar/Hindustan Times Photo

Man in India to marry transgendered woman with both families’ blessings

VANCOUVER DESI After a nine-year relationship filled with “emotional turmoil,” a gay man in India has finally been accepted by his family and allowed to…
Continue Reading »


Bollywood Latest

Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra’s ‘Mary Kom’ to have world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival

IANS Toronto – Priyanka Chopra-starrer “Mary Kom”, based on boxer M.C Mary Kom, will have its world premiere here at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF),…
Continue Reading »

Nargis Fakhri

Bollywood actress Nargis Fakhri bruised, battered after shooting for “Devil” item number

SUBHASH K JHA IANS Mumbai – “Rockstar” fame actress Nargis Fakhri may be in bed resting it out after sustaining injuries while shooting her “devil”…
Continue Reading »

basu

Bollywood stars outshine fashion at India Couture Week 2014 (w/ gallery)

NIVEDITA IANS New Delhi  – Design esthetics and creativity may have impressed fashion patrons at the just concluded Shree Raj Mahal Jewellers India Couture Week…
Continue Reading »