Calgary’s Sikh community: No criminal records for Kamaldip and Balsher Bandesha and their sister, Jasvir Sidhu for beating niece who refuses to marry man of their choice

No criminal records for Kamaldip and Balsher Bandesha and their sister, Jasvir Sidhu

Calgary man sentenced to 90 days for beating niece over marriage refusal
5:33 pm, February 8th, 2013


CALGARY — Beating his niece for refusing to marry the man of his choice has landed a Calgary man a 90-day jail term.

But the three adult children of Gurbachan Bandesha were spared a similar fate Friday, as Justice Marsha Erb granted them conditional discharges.

The discharges, which will mean no criminal records for Kamaldip and Balsher Bandesha and their sister, Jasvir Sidhu, will be conditional on them completing 18 months of probation.

Erb said all four offenders, who were found guilty of assault causing bodily harm to Ramandeep Singh, must undergo gender equality counselling as part of their probationary terms.

Erb was particularly critical of Gurbachan Bandesha, who took on a patriarchal role towards his niece after she emigrated from their native India.

The Court of Queen’s Bench judge said he uncle acted as an “overlord” over his adult niece.

“It is inconsistent with Canadian values of … gender equality,” Erb said.

“The offence was motivated by a desire to usurp the victim’s autonomy,” she said.

“In this community, violence is never an option.”

Erb said the uncle’s conduct was made worse by the fact he is looked upon as a leader in Calgary’s Sikh community.

“It is exceedingly disturbing to this court that you would treat a member of your own family, or anyone else, so violently and so completely disrespectfully,” Erb said.

“You drew your own offspring into this nasty series of events just to get your own way.”

The uncle was living with the victim and when his three children were visiting he got into a dispute with the her over her refusal to marry the man of his choice.

The woman — who has since married another man — was then kicked, punched and had a large chunk of hair pulled from her head in the January, 2010 assault.




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  • Thyme Season

    Deport these primitives. They have left their homelands. Someone should remind this to them. This is Canada, NOT Punjab. A bunch of disrespectful individuals, taking advantage of our social welfare.
    The Charter gives them and those alike the guts and legal frame to behave like this.
    The Charter is a tool that works against Canada.
    Get rid of it.

  • Canadian Born

    Agree with Thyme Season 100%. If the Canadian government does nothing about this Canada will surely be on the downfall of becoming a third world country!!!!

  • FourFooted_Messiah

    I have no idea why those on the left think that bringing people here to Canada and giving them citizenship somehow will magically make them “be Canadian”. You can dress a gorilla in a suit, but that doesn’t make him a businessman.

    This kind of thing is the logical end result of multiculturalism – forced/arranged marriage, honour killings, polygamy, etc.

  • No way

    Why aren’t we deporting these Monkeys? Sorry, that’s disrespectful, Monkey’s are better animals, sorry guys.