Kiranjit Ahluwalia’s case led to an improved judicial awareness of abused women and the concept of provocation

Forty years ago, a jury found Kiranjit Ahluwalia guilty of murdering her husband. Her subsequent appeal changed the way that the concept of “provocation” was applied, and helped shift the attitude of English courts and the public on the impact of domestic violence on women who kill.

It led to the later freeing of two other women – Emma Humphreys and Sara Thornton – and was also relied on in the recent case of Sally Challen, who this year successfully appealed against her conviction for murdering her coercive and controlling husband.

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