20 March 2008

Free PARVEEN KAUR, Our Young, Captive Bhenji!

Note: This picture, of course is not of Bibi Parveen Kaur. I have been unable to find a picture that I can identify as the correct Parveen Kaur, so I am using this lovely watercolour as the representation of an Amritdhari Kaur. I do not know who the artist is, although there is a signature that seems to end in 'Singh.' If anyone knows the artist, please let me know and I'll be happy to credit him. I have now found a picture of her, and it is posted below and I will try to post it in the right sidebar, as well. I am leaving this picture here, though, as a reminder that it could be any of us Kaurs that the Indian government decided to harass.

Yesterday, I received an e-mail from a reader asking

Why are you wasting time on that useless Laibar Singh? You need to champion the cause of Parveen Kaur instead!

Leaving aside that slur on Brother Laibar, for the moment, you, Dear Reader, are entirely correct about the young lady First we need to know about this young lady. Let us start with this story from The Panthic Weekly:

Police Take Revenge on Relative of Ex-Cop Turned Freedom

Tuesday 18th of March 2008
Panthic Weekly News Bureau

Karnal, Haryana (KP) - Two decades ago, it was the parents and relatives
who were targets of the most ruthless and corrupt police force in the
world, now the children themselves are under the authorities'
crosshairs. The police forces of Punjab and Haryana Police are
notoriously known on record for eliminating thousands of innocent Sikh
youths using conjured up charges and staged encounters. Now, these
dishonest forces are targeting the next generation of Sikhs, and using
similar age-old police tactics.

Frustrated with their failed attempts to blame innocent Sikhs in the
supposed assassination attempt on Gurmeet Ram Rahim last month, the
Haryana and Punjab Police have now concocted up another story involving
a 21 year old Sikh girl named Parveen Kaur and alleged her involvement
to the assassination attempt.

According to revelations made by police officials, Bibi Parveen Kaur was
supposed to be used as a human bomb and she allegedly kept the
'explosives' in her custody for at least two weeks. While Parveen had
refused to partake in the actual implementation of the action, the
Police allege that she remained faithful to the cause.

Sikh organizations, however, rejected such allegations against Parveen
Kaur, and demanded her release from police custody. In particular, the
Shiromani Akali Dal (A), Mata Gujri Sahara Trust, and Dal Khalsa
leadership have shown particular interest in the case and have organized
rallies in large scale to express their dissent with the Police. They
state Parveen Kaur is completely innocent, and is being unfairly
targeted by the Police due to her family's background.

Family, friends, and neighbors have also totally rejected claims by the
Police and state that Parveen has been falsely implicated in this case
by the police to fulfill their self-interests. Parveen Kaur, who comes
from a Muslim family, had converted to the Sikh religion years ago
during the turbulent 1980s.

History of Police Persecution

As details of her family's background emerge, the actual motives of the
Haryana and Punjab Police behind her arrest become clearer. Parveen's
family has long suffered under the persecution of the Police forces of
both states. Parveen's father, Mohammed Sadiqque, was killed by the
Punjab Police during the freedom uprising of the last two decades. His
only fault was that he was married to the sister of Bashir Mohammed, an
ex-Police officer who quit his Government job after observing human
rights abuses at the hands of the Punjab Police.

Upon resigning from his post, Bashir Mohammed settled in Calcutta with
his pregnant wife to escape police retaliation and persecution. By that
time, Bashir, along with his wife, had converted to Sikhi and had fully
devoted their life to the cause of the Sikh religion - he became known
as Lachman Singh amongst the community.

Massacre by Police

It was during 1993, when operatives of the Punjab Police found out the
whereabouts of the Sikh couple and came to Calcutta to assassinate them.
On the night of May 17th, Police Officers entered the house of Lachman
Singh, Bashir's new name, and gunned him and his wife down while they
were asleep. The unborn child of Lachman Singh also became the target
of police brutality. There was huge uproar in the State of West Bengal
and surrounding areas after the murder of Lachman Singh and his wife.

Supreme Court charged Punjab Police Officers

A case was filed by Lachman Singh's mother-in-law (mother of Bibi
Parveen Kaur) against the Punjab Police. The Supreme Court of India
found very credible evidence against five Punjab Police Officers, all of
them who were later sentenced. SK Sinh (Bathinda), Sukhdev Chahal
(Bathinda), Hawaldar Ramdayal, Sukhjiwan and Darshan Sipahi were found
guilty of murder, abduction and forgery of evidence.

After collecting evidence from the State of West Bengal, the Supreme
Court issued orders to summon the accused immediately so that they could
not forge evidence any further. The evidence collected by the Court
suggested that the Police officers involved in this case were wearing
Police uniforms, were armed with Sten assault rifles, held walkie
talkies, and spoke the Punjabi language. After killing the couple, they
took the bodies in two blue Maruti cars. No report of the incident was
filed with the local Police.

Retaliation and Torture

This past week, Bibi Parveen Kaur was presented to a local court after
being arrested and a remand was issued to the Police. Ever since being
in police custody, Bibi Parveen has been brutally tortured for her one
and only crime of being related to Bhai Lachman Singh.

The Police officials who hold personal rivalry against Bhai Lachman
Singh are using Parveen's arrest as revenge against her family. The
Sikh organzations are demanding a higher level inquiry into this case by
national and international human rights organizations as well as by an
independent CBI counsel directly under the supervision of the honorable
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India.


Last night, this letter showed up in IHRO. It says it much better than I could, so I reprint it here in its entirety.

Dear Sangat Ji

When will the the Sikhs- The Sikhs of Guru Gobind Singh rise up to free themselves from the shackles of occupation and slavery?? When will the they remember the Guru's clear dictum that Sikhs have to live with honor, self respect and be always sovereign.

There were times when Khalsa rescued the Hindu women from the clutches of the invaders and restored them to their homes. Today Sikhs have been disarmed and they are helpless to take care of their own women . We have seen that in 1984 and we see it almost every day when Sikh women are the target
As usual last week again the fascist Hindu invaders and occupiers have abducted a Gursikh Amridhari 19 years old girl PARVEEN KAUR and she is being tortured and humiliated in the enemy dungeons. But the ENTIRE Sikh nation is unable to do anything. We are saddled by a cunning enemy in New Delhi with corrupt and cowardly Masand/Pujari leadership who are symbolic and soulless look a like Sikhs.

We the Sikhs in diaspora must do every thing possible to unite and raise our voice. Our all Sikh organization including Sikh Coalition, Saldef and United Sikhs must have one focus FREEDOM so that this daily humiliation can end for ever.

Gurteg Singh

So, my fellow Sikhs, what are we going to do to help our sister? Whether she is 19 or 21 is immaterial. That fact that she is innocent and being held by these raping, torturing butchers is what is important. She is your sister, your daughter, your wife, even your mother. SHE IS OUR SISTER AND SHE NEEDS OUR HELP!

By the way, this is nor Parveen Kaur INSTEAD OF Laibar Singh; this is Parveen Kaur IN ADDITION TO Laibar Singh. I have room in my heart and in this blog for both!

Over the weekend, I got accused of hate-mongering for speaking against India. I responded that I was not hate-mongering, I was simply telling the truth. Here is yet another example of how and why we cannot trust the government of India. It is 1984 again, on an individual scale.

I can see only one real solution.

Is It Time To Sell Out Laibar Singh Ji?

Is this a matter of Laibar Singh for sale for $50,000? Or is this a matter of obeying Canada law? I wonder. It seems that now we are willing to give up on Brother Laibar. I still wonder what his wishes in the matter are, as I have heard nothing from him and it is his life, after all? I don't know how well he can talk, but I think it is time that we hear from him directly. What does he have to say? An interview, please, Laibar Singh Ji!

Assuming he could get proper medical care, would he be safe from the gentle attentions of RAW, etc.? I don't feel very happy about his case right now, although it is possible that the time bought has been well used and he has recovered enough to at least be able to survive.

Laibar Singh's supporters finally seem relenting,
he may be deported

WSN Bureau

TORONTO: Laibar Singh may finally have to return home. The failed refugee claimant who had beaten many attempts by the Canadian authorities to be deported back to India may soon have to declare defeat as his supporters seemed to be agreeing that he will have to return.

It seems he has already fired his lawyer but lawyer Zoolfikar Suleman said he was still acting on behalf of the 48-year-old paralysed man who had taken sanctuary in the gurdwara at Surrey, B.C. and wanted to stay in Canada at least till his pending application on humanitarian grounds is heard.

Reports however said his supporters have already sounded the Canada Border Services Agency that they are prepared to give up the fight to keep Laibar Singh from being deported. The committee backing Laibar Singh so far, and claiming to represent 21 groups in the South Asian community, said it's time for him to return to India.

The community has put up a valiant fight but does not want to be seen blatantly on the wrong side of the law, particularly when the Canadian authorities have displayed a certain degree of sensitivity in handling the case. There are strong voices within the community that it must show respect to the laws of Canada.

Harbans Singh Kandola, a member of the committee, said all legal options have been exercised and the community will avoid any situation in which its name is tarnished.

Laibar Singh is now known to have arrived in Canada in 2003 on a forged passport and initially sought refugee status that year on the grounds that he would be persecuted by police in Punjab, where officials have accused him of links to separatist militants. At that time, he was not disabled.

His refugee claim was denied in late 2003.

His appeals to stay in Canada were turned down by immigration officials who ruled that Laibar Singh couldn't remain because he doesn't have adequate community ties. As luck would it, he suffered a stroke in 2006 that left him a quadriplegic and unable to care for himself, and has since argued that he will die if he is deported to India because he won't be able to get proper medical treatment.

The committee, which had put up $50,000 bond for Laibar Singh is now requesting the Canadian authorities to return the money so that it goes to Laibar Singh