Sikh community speaks out on baby homicide


New details are slowing emerging as the investigation continues into why a Bakersfield woman allegedly killed her teenage daughter’s newborn son. As the community speculates, one group is asking people not to rush to judgment.

Members of the Sikh community I’ve been in touch with want the community to know this is not related in any way to their beliefs. 

“The crimes those people committed, don’t define any community, I don’t think they should,” said Mandeep Chahal, Sikh community member.

Beant Kaur Dhillon found her 15-year-old daughter in a bathroom inside their home in November. The teen had just given birth to a baby boy, according to reports. 

Reports filed Thursday state that Dhillon drowned the child shortly after the baby was born “to prevent family shame.”

“It does not make sense to me how someone can kill a baby, calling it a family shame,” said Chahal. “Nothing is more shameful than killing a human being.”

After killing the child, Dhillon gave the body to her husband, Jagsir Singh who placed the remains in a plastic bag. Reports say Bakhshinderpal Singh, Dhillon’s 23-year-old nephew then buried the body in the backyard.

While police reports don’t share any more information, the community has begun speculating.

“I don’t think we should say that this happened because this person had a certain belief,” said Chahal. “Whoever is a criminal, I don’t think they live by any code of life, I don’t think they have any morals. If someone kills a kid, I don’t think they belong to any religion.”

Chahal, a voice for the Sikh community shares the anger and frustration the community is feeling after being associated with the act. 

“There is no code of life in any religion that says to kill someone is okay. so, i think it’s just a crime that they committed out of their own ego,” said Chahal.

There is still many unanswered questions in the case. We will continued to keep you informed as more details develop in the investigation. 

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