Rajvinder Kaur admits manslaughter of mother-in-law Baljit Kaur Buttar in Southampton
11:00am Thursday 12th January 2012
A WOMAN has admitted killing her mother-in-law at the family home in Southampton.
Rajvinder Kaur pleaded guilty to manslaughter but denied murder when she appeared at Winchester Crown Court on Wednesday.
She entered the pleas via a Punjabi interpreter.
Prosecutors say that Kaur, 35, murdered Baljit Kaur Buttar on February 25 last year.
Her husband’s mother, known to her family and friends as “Bibi”, was in Southampton for five months visiting the UK from her native India.
Kaur was remanded in custody to face trial at Winchester Crown Court in July. Police were called to Kaur’s flat that she shared with her husband in Broadlands Road, Swaythling, Southampton, just after 11.30am on February 25. Mrs Buttar, aged 56, was found dead from head injuries.
The grandmother was staying with her son, his wife and their family on her visit to the UK. She was due to return home two days later.
Kaur, with her hair tied up and wearing a dark blue tracksuit jacket, spoke only to confirm her name and enter her plea.
The mother could be heard sobbing in the dock after entering her pleas.
Husband held after wife files complaints against him, in-laws
TNN | Jan 12, 2012, 02.41AM IST
COIMBATORE: A 30-year-old MBA graduate from Chennai was arrested by Coimbatore city police on Wednesday in a dowry harassment case filed by his wife. The youth’s parents and two sisters also face charges of dowry harassment and have gone underground fearing arrest.
According to police, 29-year-old J Anitha, an MCom Graduate of Mullai Nagar in Pappanaicken Pudur in Coimbatore met V Ramprasad from Andhra Pradesh while working in a company at Valasaravakkam in Chennai five years ago. They fell in love and got married on December 30, 2006.
During marriage, Anitha’s family gave 80 sovereigns of gold and Rs 1 lakh as dowry to Ramprasad. Further, the family also spent Rs 6 lakh in marriage expenses.
After marriage, Anitha and Ramprasad stayed together in a joint family. Family affairs were in control of Ramprasad’s father Venkayya, an officer with Indian Oil Corporation. After giving birth to a daughter, Anitha was subjected to continuous dowry harassment by her husband’s family. Moreover, Ramprasad left the company he was working with and started demanding more money from Anitha’s family to start a business of his own.
Unable to withstand the physical and mental torture demanding dowry, Anitha returned to her Coimbatore home last month with the daughter. As per the complaint filed by Anitha, a police team went to Chennai and arrested Ramprasad. However, his father Venkayya, mother Seshamma and sisters Rajalakshmi and Hema Sundari managed to evade the arrest. Police are on the lookout of their whereabouts. Ramprasad has been remanded in judicial custody at the Coimbatore central prison.