In yet another incident that has again raised the issue of domestic violence in the Indo-Canadian community, a Punjabi woman was murdered by her husband in north Brampton on Monday.
The couple's child called 911 saying his mother was shot. The couple's children, aged 8 and 9, were both in the house at the time but were unhurt.
The house is now sealed off by police. Peel Regional Police have identified the woman killed in what they are calling a "domestic homicide" as Lakhvir Dhaliwal, 37. Her husband, Jatinder Dhaliwal, 41, has been arrested for murder. The victim was found with signs of "severe blunt trauma" when police arrived at the two-storey house, according to Peel homicide Insp. George Koekkoek.
She was pronounced dead at the scene. Police has not revealed how she was killed. Police say the accused Jatinder Dhaliwal tried to escape in his car but the car crashed into a pole at the nearby intersection and he was arrested by police. Jatinder Dhaliwal suffered minor injuries in the collision.
The couple's children are now in the care of the Peel Children's Aid Society while police try to determine if there are any relatives who would be able to care for them.
Their neighbours told media persons that police had visited the house numerous times during the last couple of months.
Since the recession gripped the country, NGO's feel, there has been a significant increase in the number of Indians being affected by domestic violence.
It may be mentioned that a large number of women have lost their lives due to domestic violence during the past years.
Various NGOs had joined hands on the issue and a series of awareness programmes were held during the last couple of years.
Punjabi Community Health Services CEO Baldev Mutta also said the incidents of domestic abuse have been rising and nearly 600-700 people per year, mostly Indians, have been visiting their NGO for counselling. Mutta said they found domestic abuse to be the primary reason behind every case.
Concerned about the rising incidents of domestic violence among South Asians, the Punjabi dominated council of Surrey in British Columbia, had also taken the novel initiative of checking domestic violence with 'rakhi' (watch), during the last year.