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December 29, 2017

Double Your Donation and Help Us Advocate for Palwinder Kaur and Other Forgotten Families

(Pleasanton, CA)

Dear Supporter,

Palwinder Kaur’s husband Sarbjit Singh was 32 in 1991, when Indian security forces abducted him in her presence. Mr. Singh was not a militant, but had supported militants. Prior to disappearing him, the security forces repeatedly persecuted Mr. Singh and his family. Officials never informed the family of a court date, and they received no court records. Security forces continued to target Palwinder Kaur and her family after her husband’s disappearance, forcing them to abandon their home. In 1995, police detained her, beat her, and tried to force a confession from her. When she refused, they continued to torture her with water boarding, sensory deprivation, and beatings. Palwinder Kaur continues to search for her husband. She believes the government should establish a truth commission, investigate the abuses, publicly acknowledge Sarbjit Singh’s wrongful disappearance, and prosecute the perpetrators. Ensaaf will be representing her voice and many others like it before governments, the UN, and the media to build consensus among the international community and support for survivors. We need your involvement to bring about this change.

2018 Will Be The Year We Transform Our Work

Ensaaf has been working diligently to document these atrocities. We’ve been to more than 12,000 villages, reaching every village and urban area in Punjab. We’ve progressed to the next phase of our documentation project and started building an interactive data visualization site to store all of the information, and get that information out to the public and government officials throughout the world. The evidence we present will shift the debate from one of denial to acknowledging crimes against humanity in Punjab and strengthening future legal proceedings.

Today, we’re asking you to make an end of year donation. Every dollar you give, up to $40,000, will be matched through January 10th. So far, we have raised $20,000.

Help us reach our goal, and share this message via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Your support can change the ending to Palwinder Kaur’s story and for so many other families. Hear Palwinder Kaur; help her get justice.


Sukhman and Jaskaran,
Ensaaf Co-Founders