Twenty-six-year-old Rajwinder Kaur vanished on Sunday night, last seen around 8:00 p.m., while leaving to volunteer at a nearby homeless shelter. That same night, the sister of the missing woman received a text from her phone number with the following message:
This is one strange message and certainly one that has the family of the missing woman in a panic. Meanwhile, investigators are looking into it, but it doesn't appear that the cellphone or the woman have been found. This case has an ominous feeling around it. Could it be possible that someone from the homeless shelter did something to harm Rajwinder Kaur? The problem with homeless shelters and camps is the anonymity that comes with being "off the grid" so-to-speak. Some of these people are drifting sex offenders, perhaps even murderers or other violent mentalities.
However, this could also be a hoax. Even the sister of the missing woman expresses that she at first thought it was some kind of sick joke. Months ago a woman by the name of Aisha Khan went missing under similar circumstances and even faked her own abduction sparking a high-profile search for her. In the end, she had simply run away and didn't want her family or husband knowing about her whereabouts.
This won't be a popular opinion, but that kind of behavior seems to be prominent among Indian women as well as Muslim women in general. The young daughters of strictly practicing families tend to behave in a way as to crave freedom while hiding those desires from their loved ones. Perhaps it is out of fear of honor killings, which some people deny even exist in the United States and Canada -- but they most certainly do. Hopefully investigators get to the bottom of this case and see if Rajwinder is safe. Otherwise, something far more sinister is at play.
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