Navkiran Kaur Khalra, daughter of Shaheed Jaswant Singh Khalra is an Electrical Engineer by profession. She along with her family have been Human Rights advocates and highlighted the massacre of Sikhs in Punjab during and post-1984.
Navkiran’s father – Jaswant Singh Khalra was a Human Rights Activists who investigated and highlighted the 25,000 unclaimed (Sikh) dead bodies cremated by the security forces of Punjab-India during 1980s and 90s. Jaswant Singh Khalra was later abducted and murdered by the Panjab Police led by KPS Gill in 1995 for disclosing the evidence against Punjab police in International forums.
Navkiran’s mother and Khalra Mission Organization then started a legal struggle to get justice for 25,000 unclaimed bodies and to convict the murderers of Jaswant Singh Khalra. The Khalra murder case took 12 years to sentence 6 cops to life imprisonment but the case of 25,000 unclaimed bodies or the wider question of justice to the Sikh community for the genocidal massacre done in Punjab and across India post-1984 still remains unanswered in the Indian courts.
Navkiran migrated to the US about 13 years ago for graduate school. She has collaborated with various human rights organizations interested to research and document the human rights abuses in Punjab and has kept the legacy of her father alive by representing the Sikh cause to the Sikh Diaspora and other communities and human rights defenders.
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