Suspected honour killing: NRI kills wife in Canada

Last Updated: Fri, Jul 29, 2011 11:00 hrs

Toronto: In a suspected case of honour killing in Canada, an Indian-origin woman working with a English/Punjabi newspaper was butchered with a meat cleaver allegedly by her husband on the outskirts of Vancouver.

Police have identified the victim as Ravinder Kaur Bhangu, 24, who worked as an administrative assistant at the weekly newspaper Sach Di Awaaz in Surrey, The Vancouver Sun reported.

She was killed by her husband Sunny Bhangu on Thursday, journalist Sukhminder Cheema said, relating the incident from a source who witnessed the gory attack.

"The guy came to the newspaper office and suddenly pulled out a meat cleaver..., then he stabbed her with the meat cleaver," said Cheema. "She died on the spot."

Police arrested the 26-year-old suspect from the scene and took him into custody.

Ravinder had told friends of marital problems and moved in with her aunt two or three months ago, according to several friends who spoke with The Vancouver Sun.

"You can say that it was an honour killing," said Cheema. "So far nobody has heard that she had a boyfriend, or anything like that. Maybe, he was angry because she left him."

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