MANDEL: Toronto woman’s alleged abductor now charged with killing his father in India

She believes the Canadian judicial system missed a chance to prevent a murder.

For 24 hours, Alka Singh says she thought she was going to die at the hands of a former date who wouldn’t take no for an answer

Singh alleges that in November 2011, after months of being stalked and his receiving several warnings from Toronto Police, spurned suitor Rahul Matta lay in wait in her hallway and forced his way into her downtown Toronto condo as she was leaving to meet a friend for coffee.

According to Singh, Matta, a former merchant navy officer, tied her feet and hands and held a knife to her throat, insisting she call her parents and sister and tell them that she’d agreed to marry him or he would kill her.

“I was beaten up by this guy for 24 hours,” claims Singh, 43. “My entire face was bruised and I was black and blue.”

None of the allegations against Matta have been proven in court.

Alka Singh alleges she was held hostage in her condo by Rahul Matta, an obsessive date she had rejected months before and who wouldn’t take no for an answer. He was charged with forcible confinement, assault and many other charges and released on bail. Months later, he left for India and Crown eventually dropped charges. Singh had tried to get on with her life but she suffered a serious setback when she learned earlier this year that her alleged kidnapper is now in jail in India, charged with stabbing his father 36 times and injuring 8 police officers when he tried to kill himself in a neighbour’s apartment by lighting the gas. (Facebook/Toronto Sun)

Matta says she only left after learning Singh’s estranged husband was on his way, she says. When he was arrested a short time later, Toronto Police charged him with criminal harassment, forcible confinement, assault with a weapon and threatening death.

Matta was released on $60,000 bail in December 2011 with his father, mother, brother and sister-in-law listed as sureties. He was under house arrest with a condition that he see a psychiatrist for mental health or anger issues.

She doesn’t believe he ever did.

On his release from jail, Singh says she was so afraid that she moved to New York for six months. When she returned to Toronto in May 2012, Singh says police contacted her with a warning: Matta had skipped a court appearance and seemed to have disappeared.

She moved into a different apartment so he couldn’t find her.

In 2013, the Crown told her they were dropping the charges against Matta. There were a few inconsistencies in her story; they weren’t sure they could get a conviction. And he was missing.

Singh was devastated. “But I tried to live my life and walk away.”

Matta resurfaced a short time later and actually tried to sue her, claiming he was the victim and Singh had kidnapped him — a lawsuit she says was thrown out of court.

In the meantime, she went through further troubles: a messy divorce and allegations of insider trading that were later withdrawn. Singh was finally getting back on her feet. And then this past January, she came upon a shocking article about Matta.

Rahul Matta facebook photos for MANDEL. Alka Singh was held hostage in her condo by Rahul Matta, an obsessive date she had rejected months before and who wouldn’t take no for an answer. He was charged with forcible confinement, assault and many other charges and released on bail. Months later, he absconded to India and Crown eventually dropped charges. Singh had tried to get on with her life but she suffered a serious setback when she learned earlier this year that her kidnapper is now in jail in India, charged with stabbing his father 36 times and injuring 8 police officers when he tried to kill himself in a neighbour’s apartment by lighting the gas. (Facebook/Toronto Sun)

He was now in an Indian prison charged with stabbing his father 36 times, attacking a neighbour and injuring eight police officers when he allegedly lit a gas pilot in an apartment where he’d barricaded himself against arrest.

How close she may have come.

“I went into a spiral again,” Singh explains. “I felt really ill.” In April, she was diagnosed with PTSD.

She approached another newspaper to tell her story, but claims it was shelved after Matta’s brother Mukul Matta made a long list of accusations against her, claiming she was the one who had kidnapped and assaulted Matta.

“I’m 5 ft. tall and I weigh less than 100 lb. and I was able to kidnap somebody?” she scoffs. “It just angered me even more. The victim is being made into the perpetrator.”

Last month, Singh filed a lawsuit against Matta’s brother and sister-in-law claiming defamation caused her “tremendous grief and pain.”

Singh couldn’t believe their response.

In their statement of defence, they alleged Singh had been blackmailing Matta and abusing him “emotionally and physically” before getting him arrested with “false statements.”

And even worse, they’re counter suing her for $1.5 million, claiming she’s responsible for Matta killing his father because her “false accusations” caused him “depression and mental disorders”

None of the allegations on either side have been proven in court. Reached in Vaughan, Matta’s brother declined to comment.

Singh believes the fault for this tragedy lies ultimately with the Canadian criminal justice system. “Had the Crown not dropped the charges or had the courts been tougher and forced a mental assessment of Rahul Matta, his father would still be alive today,” she insists.

“I guess I am trying to emphasize the importance of mental health. Even developed countries such as Canada don’t take it seriously.”

And now a father is dead.

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