Women’s advocates are in New Westminster Court today for the sentencing hearing of Mahendra Singh Johal for the attempted murder of his wife, Sukwinder Johal and murder of her sons Amarjit Gill and Ranjit Gill.
“Women’s groups are watching the court proceedings of Mahendra Johal — “yet another very chilling example of a very high level of violence against women and their children in the lower-mainland” said, Daisy Kler for Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter. “The memory of Peter Lee in Oak Bay and Alan Schoenborn in Merritt are just two cases that are still very present in every ones memory.” And now this case
The New Westminster Court heard today how Mahendra Singh Johal committed the murders shortly after he found out that the mother was planning to leave him. Sadly our work in transition house has taught us that battered women are most at risk when they make attempts to leave. This case proves that point all too clearly. In Canada over 50 women are murdered by abusive male partners each year.
In response to these attacks, we continue to keep our doors open to battered women and their children 24 hours 7 days a week. We want to send a message to other women escaping a violent man across the lower mainland that if you are considering leaving, transition houses help save lives every day, and we are here for you.
Every year Vancouver Rape Relief supports 1,400 new cases of women escaping violent men, and shelters more than 120 women and children.
Media Contact: Daisy Kler
Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter