Dalbir Kaur, sister of Sarabjit Singh who was killed in a prison in Pakistan, dies

Dalbir Kaur, the sister of Sarabjit Singh who succumbed to her injuries after being brutally beaten by inmates in a Pakistani prison in 2013, died in Amritsar on Sunday. She was 67 years old.

Dalbir Kaur had led a vocal campaign for the release of his brother from Pakistani prison, where he had been held since 1991 after being accused of involvement in a series of bombings in the Pakistani province of Punjab. According to her family, Kaur had complained of severe chest pains on Saturday evening and was taken to a private hospital, where she died.

Sarabjit Singh’s daughter Poonam said Dalbir had already been suffering from a lung infection for a year. When she was admitted to hospital, doctors said her condition was critical and she was transferred to intensive care, where after a few minutes she was put on a ventilator.

Poonam said Dalbir Kaur was pronounced dead by the hospital after a few hours. She said Dalbir’s last rites would be performed in the afternoon at Bhikhiwind, her hometown in Tarn Taran district.

Sarabjit Singh, 49, had died six days after being attacked at Lahore prison by inmates in April 2013. He was attacked by bricks and other sharp objects and suffered injuries to his back and head and fell into a coma. He was convicted of terrorism and espionage by a Pakistani court and sentenced to death in 1991. However, the Pakistani government suspended his execution indefinitely in 2008. After his death, Sarabjit’s body was transported from Lahore to Amritsar where his last of the rites were performed.

Several years ago, Dalbir Kaur made his voice heard on various forums with the aim of getting his brother out of prison. She had also twice visited Kot Lakhpat Rai prison in Lahore with her family, including Sarbjit Singh’s two daughters and wife, to inquire about his welfare.

Sarabjit Singh’s life was also the subject of a biopic released in 2016. In the film, the role of Dalbir Kaur was played by actor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.

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