Gurdip still on death row in Indonesia, family in Punjab losing hope

  • Jatinder Kohli, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Aug 17, 2016 00:25 IST
From left: Gurdip Singh’s daughter Manjot Kaur, wife Kulwinder Kaur and son Sukhbir Singh at their house in Khehra Mohalla of Nakodar in Jalandhar district. (HT File Photo)

The distraught family of Gurdip Singh, facing death sentence in Indonesia, is losing all hope to see him come out of jail.

Gurdip’s wife Kulwinder Kaur, 41, has not been finding any help to bring her husband back home alive. She has still been waiting for an appointment with external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj since July 29 when Gurdip was not executed by Indonesian authorities.

Kaur and his nephew Gurpal Singh, 19, had called Swaraj’s personal assistant (PA) several times, requesting him to fix a meeting with the minister, but to no avail.

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“We had information that a clemency petition to the Indonesian authorities had been filed through the Indian embassy, but do not know further developments in the case,” Kaur said.

“On Sunday morning, I and all my family members visited many gurdwaras in Sultanpur Lodhi and prayed for the safety of my husband,” Kaur said.

Kaur said Gurdip called her last Thursday from the jail and asked her to meet Swaraj and take up the matter with her.

Kaur appealed to leaders of political parties to take up the issue with the Union government so that the life of her husband is saved.

Gurdip was among the 14 people, who were taken out of their cells to face the firing squad on July 29. Four had been shot dead before a storm forced executioners to take others back to their cells.

Singh was awarded capital punishment by a court in Banten province in February 2005. His mercy appeals were turned down by the Banten high court and the Indonesian Supreme Court.

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