Sydney : An Indian-origin woman who was burnt to death in 2013 outside her house in suburban Sydney was allegedly the victim of domestic violence, an inquest into her death heard.
Parwinder Kaur, 32, called emergency number triple zero on December 2, the night she died of serious burn injury, to tell the operator she was afraid of her husband Kulwinder Singh, Glebe Coroner’s Court heard here. A few weeks before her death, Kaur rang up the emergency number and said “my husband nearly killed me”, before abruptly ending the call, reports IANS.
Philip Strickland, counsel assisting the inquest, said a post-mortem examination revealed a large bruise on the woman’s head that could not be explained by the fire.In the years leading up to Kaur’s death, she had told family on a number of occasions that her husband had physically abused her, and some had seen bruises on her body, Strickland said. The abuse included being slapped in the face with a shoe, kicked in the stomach and pushed. There is “overwhelming evidence that there had been a series of long and very serious disagreements about financial matters” between the couple, Strickland told the court.He said it was possible that the woman had set herself afire to draw attention to the abuse that she had been suffering or to provide a “circuit breaker” that would help bring about the end of her marriage.