Sikh community supports family of domestic violence victim Harjit Kaur

The Glenwood community has continued to mourn slain mother Harjit Kaur and rally around her grief-stricken family.

One of Ms Kaur’s sons made the gruesome discovery of his mother’s body on Tuesday, March 7.

Her husband, Jagdish Singh, was arrested nearby and charged with her murder.

Harman Foundation co-founder Maninder Singh said the shocking and violent crime had rocked the close-knit community.

“Harjit was a very popular lady, known to many in the Sikh community,” Mr Singh said.

“Many people knew what was happening in her house, and they think, ‘We should’ve done more to help her’.

“She didn’t want to leave the home. She said, ‘I’m here for my kids, no matter what it costs me’.”

The tragic outcome is an all-too-familiar story in Australia. Ms Kaur was the ninth woman killed this year in a suspected domestic violence incident.

Her death marked the fourth vigil held by Blacktown MP John Robertson and Blacktown Women’s and Girls’ Health Centre since 2015.

Harman Foundation co-founder Harinder Kaur speaks at the Glenwood vigil for Harjit Kaur. Sikh women all take the surname Kaur and men all take the surname Singh; a symbol of their egalitarian beliefs.

Harman Foundation co-founder Harinder Kaur speaks at the Glenwood vigil for Harjit Kaur. Sikh women all take the surname Kaur and men all take the surname Singh; a symbol of their egalitarian beliefs.

A second vigil was held at Alwyn Lindfield Reserve on Saturday, where Sikh friends offered their final prayers.

Mr Singh said the feeling was one of shock, anger and sadness as the community expressed their anguish and sympathy.

“We need to come out openly and very strongly supporting women and their rights,” Mr Singh said.

“More education is needed right from the grassroots level, and at schools as well, about the dignity of women.

“We need victims to speak up. Don’t keep it to yourself. Don’t let it cost you your life.”

Mr Singh said an anonymous donor paid for Ms Kaur’s funeral and the Sikh community raised $20,000 for her sons, aged 21 and 17.

The boys are spending time with grieving family who are visiting from India.

The Harman Foundation is trying to raise $100,000 to open a women’s shelter this year.

Mr Singh said this latest tragedy, so close to home, was a reminder of the necessity for more funding and resources for victims of domestic violence.

  • If you need help, please call the family violence service 1800Respect (1800 737 732).