Uncertain future for kids of Surrey woman murdered overseas

Local organization raising funds for funeral; working to help keep children here with family.

Charan Gill

Charan Gill

With their mother murdered and father in a Dutch prison, three Surrey kids whose visas are about to run out are facing an uncertain future.

Kamaljit Kaur flew to her former home in The Hague in January to tidy up some post-divorce matters, such as the sale of her car and house.

Her body was found Feb. 1 in the living room of her Netherlands home.

Her estranged husband in is jail after being arrested for an alleged assault on Kaur last year.

Meanwhile, Kaur’s body is being flown back to Surrey Friday for a Saturday funeral.

Kaur’s 14-year-old daughter Preet, and sons Goldy, 12 and Sunny, 5, are now staying in Newton with Kaur’s mother Gurbax, but their status in this country is in question.

Charan Gill, CEO of Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS), has been asked to help the family “navigate the system,” and has begun to raise funds for the funeral services and the cost of the children’s continued care.

As of Wednesday, he had raised $2,200. Up to $5,000 will be required for the Saturday funeral and more will be needed to support the kids. Anyone looking to help can make a donation at Coast Capital Savings to account number 6700930 or donate to PICS, which has set up a trust fund for the children. Tax receipts will be given by PICS for the donations, Gill said.

After the funeral, PICS will begin lobbying efforts to get permanent visas so the three children can stay with their grandmother.

Gill said Preet, Goldy and Sunny don’t have family anywhere else, and the accused is willing to send a letter of consent to the grandmother.

Gill hopes to speak about the matter with federal Minister of Immigration Jason Kenney when he comes to Surrey on Feb. 22.

The funeral will be held at Riverside Funeral Home and Crematorium at 7410 Hopcott Road, in Delta at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18. The public is welcome to attend.

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