Wider Image: The runaway husbands
Sarbjeet Kaur's mother gives money to Kaur to pay for her daughter Ekampreet's school fees at their house in Mukerian, Punjab, India, March 23, 2019. Singh went to South America first, then Mexico, Sarbjeet says. She sold her jewelry for almost $5,000 to help him cross into the United States in late 2010, she says, and borrowed $3,600 from her parents to help him enter Canada four years later. She wanted her daughter, Ekampreet, to study in Canada, so she pawned her cousins', aunts' and friends' jewelry for $700, too.
He did send money back, but only for his family, she says. "'Don't worry,' she says he told her, 'my one-month salary will buy your jewelry back and I'll pay back your parents, too.'"
She shows pictures of him posing beside fancy cars on Facebook; she knows he was actually working as a gas station attendant. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis