Woman who saved baby girl not guilty of mother-in-law murder

Kaur

Kaur

The following comes from an Apr. 26 story in the Santa Rosa Democrat.

Baljinder Kaur was released from Sutter County Jail on Friday afternoon after a jury returned a verdict of not guilty for the October 2012 killing of her mother-in-law.

She was charged with first-degree murder after confessing to killing Baljit Kaur, 68, with an ax in their Yuba City home. Baljinder Kaur has been in custody since Oct. 26, 2012, and gave birth to her second daughter while an inmate.

Defense attorney Mani Sidhu told jurors Thursday that Kaur saved the life of her unborn daughter when she killed her in-law. The child could have been another victim of the gender-based infanticide that has taken the lives of 100 million Indian girls, he said.

“We believe she acted in self-defense of her child,” said juror Michelle Struhs, 47, of Yuba City, who said the jurors’ decision was very difficult.

“We didn’t feel that our conclusion was perfect,” Struhs said. “We felt she was ‘not guilty’ rather than ‘innocent.’ We could not find her guilty based on the law.”

The mother-in-law

The mother-in-law

The murder trial began April 15 and lasted just eight days. The jury deliberated for a day and a half.

“I think there wasn’t a lot of dispute of the facts,” said prosecutor Cameron King. “Why she did it was the question.”

He said jurors just simply believed Kaur was an abused woman.

None of Kaur’s family members attended hearings leading up to the trial, and the courtroom audience was sparse over the last two weeks.

When the verdict was announced, Kaur — who has worn jeans, a sweater and a thick black braid down her back — dropped her face into her hands and sobbed.

Sidhu asked the jurors on Thursday to send Kaur home so she can return to her daughters.

 

To read the original story, click here.

 

 

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  1. One has the right to kill a person if one sincerely believes that his/her life or the life of another is in imminent danger. Kaur believed that her mother-in-law was going to kill her and her unborn child; therefore it was not murder but self- defense.

    • Your Fellow Catholic says:

      Sarah, this is not meant as a direct response to you, but my mind is filled with the images of this man who was supposedly lethally injected last night but who writhed for over a half an hour, apparently conscious of what was going on. It is hard to imagine how putting him to death was the result of the imminent danger of anyone else, as he was already and well incarcerated. Again, this is not a direct response to you, its just that your post made me think more about this tragic loss of human life last night.

  2. ubipetrusest says:

    Thank you for posting this sad story about threats to the life of unborn girls. Your link to the original story did not work for me, and I found another link that readers might wish to view: http://sikhsangat.org/2014/us-punjabi-woman-let-off-in-murder-case/

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