Kent

Family of Kent mum murdered in India call for justice

Surjit Kaur
Image caption Surjit Kaur was visiting family and friends in the Punjab region when she disappeared

The family of a Kent woman kidnapped and beheaded in India have called for her killers to be brought to justice.

Surjit Kaur, from Chatham, was visiting the Punjab region when she went missing at the end of March.

Police found the mother-of-three's body 800 miles away from where she was staying, before anyone could fly out to look for her.

Her family say they are still struggling to come to terms with the way in which the 67-year-old died.

Daughter Nicky Kaur said: "There was no closure. We couldn't say goodbye to our mum, and there was no funeral.

Image caption Daughter Nicky said she and the family could not understand what had happened

"I still don't think my mum's gone, that she's still going to come back. I don't understand it."

The family was notified seven weeks into her trip that Surjit Kaur had gone missing. Her body was found five days later as they were trying to arrange emergency visas to travel to India.

Two men believed to be distant relatives led police to her body and are awaiting trial in India on kidnap and murder charges.

Rehman Chishti, MP for Gillingham and Rainham, said: "What I can ask is that the Foreign Office use their powers to ensure there's an independent, impartial, full, thorough investigation and that investigation leads to those who have taken part in this horrific murder.

"They should face the full force of the Indian legal system."

A spokesman for the Foreign Office said it was "providing consular assistance" to the family but would not comment further on the circumstances of the death.

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