An Indian-origin father who abducted his six-year-old daughter and put her in a “closed boarding school” in India, where she is allegedly being kept as a prisoner, has been jailed by a British court for four and a half years.
Loughborough-based Amarjit Singh, 75, was described in the Leicester Crown Court as being “cruel without measure” by taking the child from her mother first to Romania and then to the Punjab where he left her three years ago.
Reports from Leicester said Singh’s passport had been now confiscated. Judge Nicholas Dean told him that he could expect to serve at least three years and four months in custody because of his previous good character and his guilty plea.
The judge said the child was, effectively, being kept as a prisoner in the school in Punjab, which has custody of her and has allegedly refused to have any contact with outsiders, the ‘Leicester Mercury’ reported on Monday.
The judge said: “Some years ago Amarjit Singh formed a relationship with a woman of Polish descent living in Loughborough. When she became pregnant, he told her to have an abortion but she gave birth to her daughter in April 2006. He saw his daughter for the first time when she was nine months old.”
Judge Dean said although defence evidence had been given to suggest the mother had an alcohol-related problem, there was nothing to suggest she was anything other than a loving mother to her daughter.
“I do not accept that every day the child had to be with a sobbing, scared, mother. The defendant’s actions were cruel to the mother and child. They have not seen each other for three years when, previously, they would have had daily, intimate, contact,” he said.
Singh had been obstructive with the probation service and had actually admitted to the police that he had no interest in his daughter, the judge said, adding: “It is to be hoped that she will be returned to this country.”