(born 1955) is an Indian
woman who came to international attention after burning her husband to death in 1989 in response to ten years of physical
, and sexual abuse
. After initially being convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison, Ahluwalia's conviction was later overturned on grounds of inadequate counsel and replaced with manslaughter.
In 1979, at the age of 23, Ahluwalia left her home of Chakkalal
to travel to the United Kingdom
after marrying her husband, Deepak—a man she had only met once. For ten years, she stated that she suffered from domestic abuse
including physical violence, food deprivation, and marital rape.
When Ahluwalia looked to her family for help, they reprimanded her, saying it was a matter of family honour that she remain with her husband. She ultimately tried running away from home, but was found by her husband and brought back into her abusive environment. Deepak may or may not have been suffering from some sort of undiagnosed mental illness. During her marriage, Ahluwalia had two sons, Sandeep and Rajeev, who often bore witness to the violence she endured.
One evening in the spring of 1989, Ahluwalia was allegedly attacked by her husband later accusing him of trying to break her... Read More