Reports say Kaur called the emergency number on the night she died of burns to tell the operator she was afraid of her husband Kulwinder Singh. Some weeks before her death she also rang the emergency number and said her husband nearly killed her before she abruptly ended the call.
The counsel assisting the inquest Philip Strickland, said a post mortem exam revealed a large bruise on Kaur’s head that could not be explained by the fire. Strickland also said in the years leading to her death she had told family and friends on a number of occasions that her husband had physically abused her and some had seen bruises on her body.
Strickland said it was possible the woman had set herself on fire to draw attention to the constant abuse she had been suffering or to provide a ‘circuit breaker’ that would help bring about the end of her marriage.
Kaur died at the hospital from the burn injuries. Her husband later said she set herself alight after he threatened to leave her. No charges were brought against him.
The inquest will now try to piece together the events leading to Kaur’s death.