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NRI charged for murdering wife

Jatinder Waraich is arrested for torturing and murdering his wife of three years, Navreet Waraich.

india Updated: Nov 01, 2006 16:06 IST

An Indo-Canadian man in British Columbia province has been arrested for allegedly murdering his wife.

Jatinder  Waraich appeared in court in Surrey after he was arrested on Sunday. His wife Navreet Waraich, 27, was found badly injured in their apartment and died later in hospital.

"Everybody is shocked. She was honest and very innocent. And she was just a lovely person," Mandip Sandhu, a relative of Navreet, told the Vancouver Sun newspaper.

Navreet and Jatinder got married three years ago but the deceased came to Canada with her husband five months later. According to her relatives, trouble between the two started soon after.

Back in India, Navreet's parents are pleading for help to enable them to fly to Canada.

Navreet's father, Dilbag Singh Gill, said he wanted to come to Canada for his daughter's funeral and look after her infant son.

"Every night she was being beaten there," Gill told the newspaper from Amritsar, Punjab.

He said his daughter did not go to the police out of fear that she would cause trouble for her in-laws.

Navreet was working with a local firm and Jatinder is a cab driver.

This is the third such incident in less than two weeks of South Asian women being murdered or brutally attacked in Surrey.

Manjit Panghali, 30, had disappeared nearly two weeks ago. Later, the badly burnt body of Panghali, who was four-months pregnant, was found at the Roberts Bank port facility.

So far, there have been no arrests in the case.

On Oct 19, Gurjeet Kaur Ghuman, 40, was shot in the head by her husband, who then shot himself. Ghuman is still in hospital in a very critical condition.

These frequent attacks have prompted a call for more social services for the Indo-Canadian community in Surrey.

Charan Gill, who heads the Progressive Intercultural Community Services, has demanded that local as well as federal governments step up bilingual counselling services for women.

Surrey is the second largest city in British Columbia. According to 2004 figures, South Asians constitute 21.89 percent of the total population of over 400,000.