Search

Win a £100 Amazon voucher in this week’s Recorder

On sale now

Ilford woman’s family ‘kidnapped secret boyfriend’ when she tried to flee arranged marriage, court hears

14:21 24 January 2013

An Ilford woman’s family kidnapped her fiance the day before their planned wedding after she fled an arranged marriage, a court heard today.

Nursery nurse Paveet Landa, 20, ran away from her home with her secret boyfriend to avoid the marriage in August last year.

She told police she knew her family would not accept her boyfriend, Ramanjit Singh, because he was from a different caste, was from India and could not speak English.

She told the trial at Isleworth Crown Court: “I knew they weren’t going to accept him. As much as people say they aren’t going to rely on caste being a problem, I wouldn’t say that.

“I’ve grown up in that area and I know as their child what it’s going to be like. I knew that they weren’t going to accept Ramanjit.”

Ms Landa, who later married Ramanjit, said her Sikh family arranged for her to marry another man, Vikram Shari.

“Obviously it was an introduction from my auntie but they all arranged it,” she told the jury.

After she ran away from home, her father Balvinder Singh, mother Rani Landa and brother Lakhanpal searched for Mr Singh, finding him at a Sikh temple in Southall where he was attempting to book the wedding the following day.

The jury has heard they decided to imprison the man, who later broke free.

The following day the three family members joined other relatives to allegedly kidnap Ms Landa’s friend Harjinder Singh at knifepoint in a bid to find out where she was.

Balvinder Singh, 42, Rani Landa, 42, and Lakhanpal Landa, 21, are charged with falsely imprisoning Ramanjit Singh on August 30.

They have also been charged with kidnapping Harjinder Singh by force the following day.

Relatives Hemat Landa, 40, Chamkh Singh, 42, Kamaljit Singh, 33, and a 16-year-old who cannot be named face the same charge.

Balvinder Singh is also accused of making a threat to kill Harjinder Singh and unlawful possession of a knife.

All the defendants plead not guilty. The trial continues.

Latest News Stories

Hassan Sheikh, 21, died when his car crossed the A13 central reservation on Wednesday

A student who died in a “devastating” crash has been named as Hassan Sheikh of Ilford.

Yesterday, 16:50
Pupils raise their name cards to request permission to speak at a model United Nations conference at Seven Kings High School.

Two secondary schools held their very own United Nations style debates to discuss major world issues from the Ebola health crisis to conflict and fossil fuels.

Yesterday, 16:07
Perth Road, Gants Hill. Picture: Google Street View

Police were called in the early hours of this morning to reports of a fight in Perth Road, Gants Hill.

Yesterday, 14:58
Woolwich Crown Court. Pcture: Google Street View

A gang was found guilty in connection with a plot to intimidate a court witness by throwing a hand grenade and firing bullets at his home.

Most read news

Competitions

Tansy the pony from the Chigwell Riding Centre for Special Needs visited Bancroft's Preparatory School on their charity day

A very special guest visited the children at a school in Woodford Green last week.

Good times with Greenall's!

Good times with Greenall’s, a Great British gin sponsors Great British racing.

Escape to the picturesque sights of Cornwall

Summer is finally here, and what is the number one holiday location in the UK during the warmer months? Cornwall, of course!

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Ilford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder