Baldev Singh Kalsi charged with second-degree murder of his wife
As per reports on CBC – Baldev Singh Kalsi, the former leader of a Sikh temple in Surrey, B.C., has been charged with the second-degree murder of his wife, Narinder Kaur Kalsi.
Narinder Kaur died after her family agreed to have her taken off life support on Sunday afternoon, police have confirmed. On July 13, she was rushed to hospital in critical condition after she was found in severe medical distress at her family home in South Surrey. On Monday police confirmed charges against her husband had been upgraded from attempted murder to second-degree murder following her death. Baldev was arrested at the scene and originally charged with aggravated assault, and then attempted murder. Midweek Newspaper received a Press Release from World Sikh Organisation in which Jasbir Kaur Randhawa, WSO Vice President of British Columbia said , “the entire community is shocked by this incident. Violence against women is a serious problem that needs to be addressed by the South Asian community, including Sikhs. Early intervention and role modeling are key to making a difference. The WSO has been involved in several initiatives to put violence against women on the agenda in the community and a lot more work needs to be done.” WSO President Dr. Amrtpal Singh Shergill said, “statements and expressions of regret are not enough. We must continue to do more to raise awareness about violence against women and ensure adequate resources and supports exist for our community. ” The WSO is able to offer access to a network of psychologists and counselors with expertise in family dispute resolution and anger management issues in Surrey and the Lower Mainland area. Consultation can be provided without charge.