22 year old Anita Gindha, was eight-and-a-half months into her pregnancy when she was strangled at her house in Manor Park, East London, on February 19th 2003.
Anita had fled a projected arranged marriage to build her family on love with Kashmir Ralh. Two years later, when she was just weeks away from giving birth to her expected second child, she was strangled to death in front of her toddler son.
Palwinder Dhillon, an elderly illegal immigrant living in Walsall, West Midlands who was a former employee of Mrs Gindha’s husband and also a friend of her family’s was accused of her murder.
On the day of the killing, neighbours heard Anita’s screams and saw a man in an orange turban leaving the house.
Her husband Kashmir Ralh found her when he returned from work with their 19-month-old son crying besides her. He thought, because she was pregnant, she had fainted.
On 21/05/2004 Palwinder Singh Dillon was found guilty at the Central Criminal Court of murder. He was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum tariff of 16 years.
A silver shaded moon meets the shrill black night
‘Did you hear her call?’
Says the sun to the dawn the next morning,
‘Nay but I heard her sing.
And with the sound of her song,
Was the gurgling of a baby
Joyous at its mothers face,
Smiling before it.’
Hear no more her last sounds
As came strength to overcome adversity,
Hear thou the song of her life,
In all its ebb and flow in your heart and veins.
The way she lived it, a warrior for love.
Dawn comes and with it rays
Graced from her smile,
And her laughter
From her garden of Courage,
Waiting, for us.
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