Updated: Sep 27, 2022
Thirty-year-old Mandeep Kaur, a New York resident has died by suicide on August 4, 2022, as a result of daily beatings from her husband, Ranjodhbeer Singh Sandhu. Originally from Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh, India, Mandeep, and her husband got married in 2015, then moved to the United States in 2018. She was a mother to two girls ages two and four, who currently remain in the custody of their father.
Various videos of the abuse Mandeep sustained at the hands of her husband for nearly eight-years went viral in August of 2022. In one of the videos, Mandeep is seen being strangled then assaulted by her husband as their daughters screamed and cried in the background. In another video, Mandeep is crying as she explains the abuse and forewarn family members that she can no longer take the abuse.
The article states that her husband was upset because she did not give him a son and he wanted ‘Rs 50 lakh’ in dowry, which amounts close to five-million dollars in US currency. Also mentioned was the simultaneous verbal attacks Mandeep endured by her mother and father in-law and brother-in-law, who frequently told her she should kill herself.
There was an online campaign to aid the transport of Mandeep’s remains back to her family in India and to have charges brought against the husband, and all other perpetrators who abetted in Mandeep’s suicide. Because the family has not received a response from the officials at the Ministry of External Affairs, Mandeep’s family has applied for a Visa so they could perform the last rites and to also remove Mandeep’s children from their fathers’ care. However, most recent reports indicate that Mandeep’s husband had her cremated, despite the families wishes and attempts to return her remains back to India.
Mandeep was found hanging from a ceiling fan in the Richmond Hill home that she shared with her abuser. Because Mandeep was pushed beyond her limits, two small children will not have their mother, and will be the ones who suffer as a result of this tragedy. Domestic violence is unacceptable and will never be okay. If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship and need help, please know that there IS help! Please don’t allow suicide to be the answer.
· Domestic Violence hotline 1-800-799-7233
· Text ‘START’ to 88788
· The All-India helpline number is: 022-27546669
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