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Kulwinder Kaur, in the foreground, dancing on stage moments before being shot to death at a wedding in Punjab, India. (YouTube).


Pregnant dancer shot during wedding in India, family claims foul play

December 5, 2016

A 25-year-old dancer, who was reportedly two months pregnant, was shot and killed while performing at a wedding in India’s Punjab state, NDTV reports.

Police said that Kulwinder Kaur was accidentally shot when a guest at the wedding fired off his gun in a celebratory salute. But Kaur’s husband Harjinder Singh said that she was killed deliberately by one of the groom’s friends because she rejected his advances.

Kaur belonged to a dance troupe from the city of Bathinda. Video footage of the incident, which has been widely circulated on social media, shows Kaur dancing onstage, and then crumpling to the floor after a gun goes off.  

Lucky Goyal was identified as the shooter, according to The Indian Express. He fled the wedding, but was apprehended by police on Monday, along with Sanjay Goyal, who owned the weapon that killed Kaur. The owner of the wedding banquet hall and the father of the groom were also arrested, and later released on bail.

“It needs to be mentioned that [from] time to time deputy commissioners of all districts issue instructions that arms are not allowed in marriage parties, as firing in air is a common scene in marriages, which lead to mishaps a number of times,” Davinder Singh, Deputy Superintendent of Police of the Maur Mandi suburb, told The Indian Express. “As the [venue] owner and even the groom’s father disobeyed the orders of … and allowed the culprits to attend marriage function along with weapon, they were booked.”

Kaur’s husband, however rejected the notion that his wife died as the result of an unfortunate accident. He told the press that male guests at the wedding “had been asking her to get off the stage and join them … but she refused … so they shot her.” Watch the video below for more on the story.

Read more at NDTV.


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