Plano, TX, April 29 (CINEWS): An obsessed 32-year-old Indian-American has been ordered jailed for 19 years in the United States for harassing and stalking a woman from New Delhi for nearly a decade and intimidating her as she moved across several American cities.
Jitender Singh was convicted on charges of break-and-enter and fraud by Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis who sentenced him to jail. He also has to pay a fine of $4,000.
The stalking nightmare for the young woman began 10 years ago in New Delhi, where she and Jitendar attended the same college. They were never close but Jitendar asked her to marry him in 2006. She rejected his proposal.
Singh then began following the victim everywhere, including to her home and issued constant threats of violence.
The woman left India in 2007 for higher studies in the United States, enrolling in a New York university. However, Jitendra continued harassing her and even assaulted her father in New Delhi. Convicted of multiple offences, Jitendra apparently apologized and agreed to stay away from the woman.
However, he travelled to New York, and tried to join the same university, where his application was rejected. The university also said its campus was off bounds for him. He followed the woman to California, where she had gone for an internship and back to New York. He stalked her physically, following her and contacting her by phone and email,it was alleged in court papers. The harassment intensifed between 2011 and 2014.
The woman then moved to Plano in Texas. Jitendar, the court said, created a credit bureau account in her name and traced her address, then travelled to Plano and broke into her apartment. He stole her passport, some jewellery and social security documents. He was arrested in the parking lot of the building.
Jitendar’s lawyer Joe Padian said the sentence was excessive. “We are disappointed with the sentence, and we do intend to appeal.”