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Indian-origin Man Stabs Teen Wife from Gurdaspur, Punjab To Death In London, Motive Unclear

The accused, 24-year-old Sahil Sharma, has pleaded guilty to the charges.

Published: February 11, 2024 3:36 PM IST

By Tahir Qureshi

Indian-origin, Gurdaspur, Punjab, London, NRI, United Kingdom, South London, Croydon, Kingston Crown Court, Mehak Sharma, Sahil Sharma, Crime
A special post-mortem examination found that Mehak died due to a stab wound to her neck.

Indian-origin Man Kills Wife: The Indian Diaspora, constituting NRIs (Non-resident Indians) and PIOs (Persons of Indian origins) in many countries across the globe, is always making news for its immense contribution and exceptional talents to their host countries. But sometimes they make the news for some unpleasant reason.

In one such case reported from the United Kingdom, a 24-year-old Indian-origin man has been accused of killing his 19-year-old wife by stabbing in South London in October last year.

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The accused, 24-year-old Sahil Sharma, has pleaded guilty to the charges.

Sahil Sharma, a resident of Croydon, appeared in custody at Kingston Crown Court on Thursday, where he admitted murdering Mehak Sharma from Gurdaspur, Punjab.

The Metropolitan Police said in a statement released on Saturday that Sahil Sharma is due to be sentenced at the same court on April 26.

Sahil Sharma called 999 to contact the emergency services on 29 October 2023 and told the police operator that he had killed his wife at their home on Ash Tree Way.

Upon reaching, officers found Mehak unresponsive with catastrophic knife injuries to her neck, and despite the efforts of medics at the scene, she was pronounced dead around 20 minutes later.

A special post-mortem examination conducted on October 31, 2023, found that Mehak died due to a stab wound to her neck.

“Sahil Sharma’s actions have devastated a family. In killing his wife, he has robbed her family of a loving daughter for reasons known only to himself,” Detective Inspector Laura Semple from Metropolitan Police’s Specialist Crime Command, said.

“While I am pleased that Mehak Sharma’s loved ones will now be spared the experience of going through a trial, nothing can bring her back to them,” Semple added.

Mehak’s body was repatriated to her native Jogi Cheema village in Punjab in December 2023 for last rites.

According to media reports, Mehak’s mother accused Sharma of harassing, threatening, and physically abusing her daughter in London.

“Mehak was killed in her own home, the place where she should have been safest, by the person who should have loved and protected her. My thoughts today are with her family and loved ones,” Detective Inspector Semple said.

(With IANS inputs)

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