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Brother shares heartbreaking image of his sister who was killed by her husband with a meat cleaver

A man whose little sister was butchered beyond recognition with a meat cleaver by her jealous husband has shared the haunting truth behind a seemingly happy family photo. 

Tarang Chawla's sister Nikita was 23 when she was stabbed 35 times in the neck, abdomen, face and arms by Parminder Singh in Melbourne in 2015.

The domestic violence advocate shared an innocent photo on Tuesday of the smiling dancer with her mother Sunila - taken exactly six years ago.

In the moving post, the 32-year-old said the image was captured two months after the young woman phoned police scared for her life, and two months before her heartless husband called police to 'collect the dead body'.

Tarang Chawla shared a heartbreaking photo on Facebook on Tuesday of the smiling dancer with her mother Sunila - taken exactly six years ago (pictured)

Tarang Chawla's sister Nikita (both pictured) was 23 when she was stabbed 35 times in the neck, abdomen, face and arms by Parminder Singh in Melbourne in 2015 (pictured with her brother)

The happy selfie showed the mother and daughter grinning widely while on an outing together.

'In her eyes and smile you can sense the anticipation of a blossoming future away from men's violence, control and the fear of being killed by someone she should be able to trust,' Mr Chawla wrote on Facebook.

He went on to explain her terrified phone call to police two months later when her husband started 'waving a knife around at home'. 

'She literally didn't know what to do,' he added. 'I mean, who would if the person you're supposed to be able to trust is holding a knife at you?'

Mr Chawla (pictured with his parents) said the 'thought of another Christmas in a month's time where there's an empty chair at the table that should be filled by a vibrant 29-year-old woman' was almost too much to bear

Mr Chawla has described the monumental moments Nikita (pictured) has missed in her short life

In the early hours of January 9, 2015, two months after the photo was taken, Singh made his own call to triple-0 asking emergency workers to discard of his wife's corpse.

'The operator was stunned by his cold, callous and emotionless voice,' her devastated brother wrote on social media.

'He was more scared about being shot by police than the act he had just committed.'

Mr Chawla described the monumental moments Nikita has missed in her short life.

He said the 'thought of another Christmas in a month's time where there's an empty chair at the table that should be filled by a vibrant 29-year-old woman' was almost too much to bear.

Mr Chawla (pictured right) posted a picture of him stopping another child blowing out Nikita's (pictured middle) candles when they celebrated her third birthday in 1994

Since his sister's violent death, Mr Chawla (pictured with Nikita as children) has dedicated his life to campaigning for victims of domestic violence

'Missed anniversaries and birthdays and the smallest of interactions with the people we love that we rarely pause to think about, but are truly the rich fabric upon which this tapestry of life is woven.' 

Since his sister's violent death, Mr Chawla has dedicated his life to campaigning for victims of domestic violence and was named one of the Top 40 under 40 Most Influential Asian-Australians for 2020 in October. 

The family photo uploaded on Tuesday was one of many Mr Chawla has shared since 2015.

In June, he commemorated what would have been her 29th birthday with an image of him as a child stopping a party guest from blowing out Nikita's candles when they celebrated her third birthday in 1994.

Nikita (pictured right) had secretly married Singh in September 2011, but by January 2015 their relationship had deteriorated

'All we have left now are the memories, and so I reflect on the happy times we shared together,' he wrote in the emotional post.

'Niki, I wish you were still here to blow out the candles on your birthday cake.

'Love you and miss you. Today and every day.'  

Nikita and Parminder Singh secretly married in September 2011, but by January 2015 their relationship had deteriorated.

While Singh was in India, Nikita told friends she was planning on ending her marriage and started looking for somewhere else to live. 

Crown Prosecutor Peter Rose QC said Nikita had been on some dates with a co-worker and the pair had exchanged photos of themselves.

Singh (pictured) pleaded guilty to murdering Ms Chawla in their apartment and was sentenced to 22 years in prison with a non-parole period of 17 years

On the night of the murder, Singh told a police officer: 'I got my wife - right - I killed her. I love her so much, I had a bright future with her and then she's been cheating on me ... I just find out today and I - I think my anxiety took over and then I lost it.'

'I think I couldn't control myself and I hold a big knife and kept hitting her until she stopped breathing,' he said, the Herald Sun previously reported.

The brutal assault 'rendered her corpse virtually unidentifiable in her lifeless state on a stainless steel operating table at the Coroner's Court,' Mr Chawla previously said. 

Singh was sentenced to 22 years in prison with a non-parole period of 17 years.

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