New Zealand Becoming Unsafe for Indians – updated after Charanpreet Singh Dhaliwal Verdict

Update 12/9/2013

It is with great sadness we report that the man charged with the murder of Charanpreet Singh Dhaliwal has been acquitted. Charanpreet was an Indian student resident in New Zealand, he died on his first night of part-time work as a security guard. It is thought he received no induction or safety awareness training prior to starting work.

The Sikh community in Auckland raised $15,000 – $8000 to fly the young student’s body home and another $7000 for his widowed mother Karamjit Kaur, who lives with another son back in Punjab, India.

Charanpreet was a former student of New Zealand School of Education. A devout Sikh, he was working to pay for his IT studies and to send to his family in India. He had reportedly raised $13, 000 so far.

“Charanpreet was known to all the staff members as a dedicated and hardworking student,” said a spokesperson for the institute, speaking to Indian Weekender.

Cherag Elavia, owner of CNE, the company Charanpreet worked for, told One News Dhaliwal wasn’t meant to be working on the night the assault happened. “The person who was supposed to work didn’t want to work that night, and this person wanted a job, so I said ‘look you want a job you can come and try this shift on,’ and he agreed, and that’s what happened,” he said…”source .

According to a report published today by

The 27-year-old accused, whose name has been suppressed, was acquitted in the High Court in Auckland this afternoon for the murder of Charanpreet Dhaliwal in November 2011.

The accused was found guilty of assaulting another person, Viki Alo, on the same night and was sentenced to six months’ jail to be served cumulatively with a current seven-year jail sentence.

He had denied both charges.

Understandably the family of the decreased feel that New Zealand’s justice system has failed them and their loved one, and who can blame them in coming to that conclusion. This is a terrible result and sullies the memory of a young man whose mother, Bibi Karamjit Kaur, thinks

why would students be coming to this country … they have better lifestyles where they come from. There’s no need to come here to get killed.”

An interview with Bibi Karamjit Kaur was published on Youtube by the Punjabi in June 2012, you can watch it here

Ironically, police called the effort to find Charanpreet Singh Dhaliwal’s attacker/s “Operation Hope“. Was that all they were capable of?

And here lies the crux of the matter, not only is New Zealand more unsafe for some immigrants and they have a better life at home, but the justice system does little to protect them or deter their attackers. It truly is the wild west out there in the land of the great white cloud; anything goes.

Interestingly, the alleged attacker’s identity has been suppressed. One may only speculate why perhaps to identify him would also put a name to the gang he belongs to?

The defence case was that the accused was being blamed for the murder by the other three men, who belonged to the same gang.

“There is something of a mystery here,” Justice Toogood said.

“What is clear is that one of these four men must have killed Mr Dhaliwal.”

And despite three of them fingering the accused, all four of them will get off scot free.

Our condolences go out to Charanpreet’s family at this difficult time.

Our original post from 28/2/2013:

Shalvin Prasad
Shalvin Prasad was liked by many who knew him

It is with a heavy heart that we talk of the tragic deaths of two more Indian citizens in New Zealand. Police are treating the death of 21-year-old Shalvin Prasad as murder after his body was found burning on the roadside in South Auckland.

There has always been an undercurrent of violence and discrimination against Indians living in New Zealand but it is hard to quantify because racially motived crime is not officially recorded in the country. All we have are random reports of beatings, muggings and the occasional fatalities. We presume the Indian high Commission in Wellington has a good idea about the extent of this problem but so far it appears to be keeping silent on this issue.

Mr Prasad had been living in Dannemora and had left his home to play pool one evening last week, his parents never saw him alive again. Police believe he was alive at the time he was set on fire. A terrible crime that has been roundly condemned.

Update: two men have been charged with murder : Bryne Permal, 20, and Shivneel Shahil Kumar, 18. source

His death comes weeks after the discovery of 22 year old Amandeep Singh‘s body in scrub Kaiti Beach R, Gisborne. Like Mr Prasad, his car was found abandoned kilometers away from his body.

Amandeep Singh, 22
Amandeep Singh, 22

Neither of these crimes will be recorded as having a racial element to them, so there is no way of knowing whether these two presumed murders are part of a trend of violence targeted against Asians in New Zealand or just isolated incidents.

We know of other cases where Indian citizens have died – security guard, Charanpreet Singh Dhaliwal battered to death on his first night at work in Auckland,

Charanpreet Singh Dhaliwal
Charanpreet Singh Dhaliwal, 22 was a devout Sikh

or people who’ve simply ‘disappeared’ as in the case of  Srikanth Rayadurgam 

Srikanth Rayadurgam, 23

who went missing after withdrawing several hundred dollars from a central Auckland ATM. His wallet was later found on a cycle path near Auckland harbour.

Exactly how many Indians become victims of crime in New Zealand and is the country as safe for them as they are led to believe? Are they seen as easy victims because of their ethnicity?


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11 thoughts on “New Zealand Becoming Unsafe for Indians – updated after Charanpreet Singh Dhaliwal Verdict

  1. Another one – woman killer, male Indian-ethnicity victim (now dead). Let’s wait for the lenient sentencing due to gender!
    Christmas Day stabbing upgraded to homicide after man dies of injuries
    Last updated 19:53, December 27 2016
    Hardeep Singh was taken to hospital in a critical condition after an assault at a property in Cashmere, Christchurch on …
    Hardeep Singh was taken to hospital in a critical condition after an assault at a property in Cashmere, Christchurch on Christmas Day.

    A man stabbed in Christchurch on Christmas Day has died, prompting police to open a homicide investigation.

    Hardeep Singh, 26, suffered critical stab wounds and died of his injuries on Tuesday, two days later.

    Detective inspector Darryl Sweeney said the police have accordingly upgraded their enquiry to a homicide investigation.

    A 22-year-old woman was arrested on Sunday, charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

    READ MORE: Arrest after man seriously wounded in Christchurch stabbing

    That charge has been changed to homicide, and she will appear in the Christchurch District Court tomorrow.

  2. Update to what happened (according to the suspects) between them and Charanpreet:
    Hateni Latu described the night of November 17, 2011, when he had been drinking with three friends — Vaughan Henare-Vaihu, Allen Ulugia, and another man known as ‘Eddie’ — before going to a nightclub in Henderson, where they were refused entry because they did not have any identification.

    Latu attempted to walk into the club, but the bouncer pushed him back, and he punched him, the inquest heard.

    He described himself as “tipsy” at that stage, not drunk, but admitted that his bail conditions at the time — on a charge of fighting on Pitt St in central Auckland — included an overnight curfew and a ban on drinking alcohol.

    The four friends ran to the nearby Fulton Hogan construction depot on Selwood Rd, Henderson, and jumped the fence to hide, but were confronted by Mr Dhaliwal who told them to leave and threatened to call police.

    After that, it devolves into Latu and Ulugia accusing each other of assaulting the guard.

  3. Another death for a “PIO” (Person of Indian Origin) or Indian New Zealander:
    Manslaughter sentencing: ‘Culture of sex’ swindling migrants
    By Gisborne Herald staff
    4:39 PM Tuesday Dec 17, 2013

    Amandeep Singh. Photo / Supplied
    Two women who killed Amandeep Singh in Gisborne last year were part of a growing local culture of females using promises of sex to swindle migrant Indian workers for alcohol and cash, a defence lawyer says.

    Adam Simperingham made the comment as his client Crystal Louise Black, 25, was sentenced for manslaughter along with her partner Krystel Therese Pokai, 24, in the High Court at Gisborne.

    The pair had admitted assaulting 22-year-old Mr Singh at Kaiti Beach near the city, on December 29, 2012. They dragged his unresponsive body into bushes, where it was found a month later, too badly decomposed for the cause of death to be ascertained.

    Justice Murray Gilbert sentenced Pokai and Black each to a total of eight years and eight months. Of that, two years and four months were for attempting to pervert the course of justice – a charge that arose after they initially tried to implicate Black’s aunt in the offending.

    • Eight years for such a brutal killing? Hardly a deterrent to others engaging in the same activity.

      Would the sentence have been higher if the victim had been a Caucasian Kiwi?

  4. It’s noticeable that the news reports give the race of the attacker but not the victim. Not a good look for Indians to be beaten up on NZ’s streets so they will play that part down.

    • Strange but true, i could not find the word “indian” in any of the news reports within en zed, except that “the father of victim is returning from India” in only a single nzherald report.

      Look at international reports on the other hand. They all shout out the word “Indian-origin” in their headlines.

      Wonder how all en zed media works in rhythm just to save their asses and keep the clean green image intact to lure immigrants.

  5. I wonder if Sophie Elliott’s parents have any words of comfort for Tarun Asthana’s relatives?
    Or are the problems of having a violent boyfriend only an issue if he assaults his girlfriend and not strangers?
    Note also, that phrase “She had a go at him because she thought he was hitting on her”
    … and more will start to understand that the New Zealand “man shortage” is not explicitly mentioning “a shortage of men of certain races”, because, well … that would make it racist.

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