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July 23, 2014

A Labor of Love: In Memory of Kuljit Singh Dhatt

(Pleasanton, CA)

On the 25th anniversary of Kuljit Singh Dhatt’s custodial killing by the Punjab Police, Ensaaf presents A Labor of Love: Contesting Impunity, a multimedia tribute to the strength and resilience of one family and how they fought impunity for 25 years. This tribute includes:

  • Video
  • A Labor of Love - On the morning of July 23, 1989, Kuljit Singh Dhatt was on his way to the Bhogpur Sugar Mill when the Punjab Police illegally abducted him. Watch his family members and eyewitnesses in his case discuss what happened on that fateful day.
  • Report
  • No Stone Unturned: 25 Years of Contesting Impunity - Read an in-depth analysis of the Kuljit Singh Dhatt case, including the role of state institutions in fabricating evidence, intimidating witnesses, protecting the perpetrators, and delaying justice. Learn why it took 25 years to reach a trial verdict and why justice still has not been delivered.
  • Timeline
  • In the Time of Terror - This interactive timeline depicts key moments in the Dhatt case through video, photos, and case documents.
  • Photo Essay
  • In Loving Memory: Celebration & Resistance - A celebration of Kuljit Singh Dhatt’s life through photographs, as well as the struggle for justice as it played out in the community and the courts.

About Kuljit Singh Dhatt

On July 23, 1989, Punjab Police officers abducted, tortured, and unlawfully killed 35-year old Sikh community leader Kuljit Singh Dhatt. For 25 years, his family has relentlessly pursued justice, attending over a hundred hearings, petitioning various courts and commissions, and enduring police harassment and intimidation of witnesses. On May 9, 2014, a judge convicted three police officers of abduction in order to murder Kuljit Singh Dhatt, sentencing them to a mere five years. Ensaaf provided litigation support in this case and will continue to aid the Dhatt family in their struggle for justice. The legal battle continues, now in the higher courts.

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