Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. I rise today to speak about an event which still haunts all Indians who love peace, justice, and the rule of law as well as Sikhs around the globe. On October 31, 1984, waves of anti-Sikh genocidal violence lasted for days throughout India. Official reports claimed 3,000 Sikhs were murdered while unofficial reports cite the number as being as high as 8,000.
I want to speak of the story of 45-year-old Gurdip Kaur. Gurdip Kaur, a 45-year-old mother, witnessed her three sons and husband being dragged out of their home, beaten, and then set ablaze. However, Gurdip Kaur’s agony did not end there, Mr. Speaker, and I quote: they tore my clothes and stripped me naked in front of my son. My son cried: elder brothers, do not do this; she is your mother just as she is my mother. She continues: but they raped me right there in front of my son in my own house; they were young boys, maybe eight of them. After her rape they took her youngest child, and I quote: they took him to the street corner, hit him with lathis, sprinkled kerosene over him, and burned him alive.
Thirty-one years later, Mr. Speaker, there has been no justice. For those that were paid 500 rupees to kill a Sikh: no one has been brought to justice. It wasn’t the first time that there was a price on a Sikh’s head, and if you speak to our brothers and sisters in Afghanistan, it won’t be the last.
It was Rajiv Gandhi, Mr. Speaker, who said that when a mighty tree falls, it is only natural that the earth around it does shake a little. Well, Mr. Gandhi, thousands of mighty trees have fallen, and 31 years later the entire world shakes. The difference is that we shake for justice; you shook for vengeance.
On November 2, 2015, Manmeet S. Bhullar called for reflection on the plight of religious minorities in his first and only Member's Statement while in opposition.
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