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Gur Fateh!

Does anyone know of the outcome for this much publicised case in Canada?

Winnipeg Sun (Manitoba)

February 16, 2007 Friday

FINAL EDITION

HEADLINE: Temple sex case in court;

Three men to face charges

BYLINE: BY PAUL TURENNE, SUN MEDIA

BODY:

Manitoba Sikhs will be watching closely this morning as three priests accused of molesting a temple member when he was a youth make their first appearances in a Winnipeg courtroom.

Bakhshish Singh, 48, Dalbag Singh, 37, and Kuljit Singh, 43, have each been charged with sexual assault, invitation to sexual touching, sexual exploitation and sexual interference. Dalbag and Kuljit Singh are also charged with anal intercourse.

The men are all accused of molesting a Winnipeg man when he was a boy, between 1991 and 1995. They worked at the Gurdawara Nanaksar temple in St. Vital, where the boy was a member.

All three men were arrested and charged in December, while a fourth suspect, believed to be in B.C., remains at large.

Amarjeet Warraich, president of the Manitoba Sikh Cultural and Senior Centre, said the case has been a hot topic of conversation in the community for months, and everyone is anxiously awaiting the court case.

"The whole country is concerned about it," he said. "This is the first alleged incident in Winnipeg and, as a matter of fact, I've never heard of it happening back home (in India), either."

Warraich said there has been some discussion about what action can or should be taken, but any decision won't be made until the outcome of the case has been determined.

The president of the Nanaksar temple where the priests worked declined to speak to Sun Media this week, but Warraich said no one is blaming officials there for what is alleged to have happened.

"I think it was a shock to their management and whole board," he said. "Everybody is concerned, as any Sikh who goes to the temple would be."

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Gur Fateh!

Does anyone know of the outcome for this much publicised case in Canada?

Winnipeg Sun (Manitoba)

February 16, 2007 Friday

FINAL EDITION

HEADLINE: Temple sex case in court;

Three men to face charges

BYLINE: BY PAUL TURENNE, SUN MEDIA

BODY:

Manitoba Sikhs will be watching closely this morning as three priests accused of molesting a temple member when he was a youth make their first appearances in a Winnipeg courtroom.

Bakhshish Singh, 48, Dalbag Singh, 37, and Kuljit Singh, 43, have each been charged with sexual assault, invitation to sexual touching, sexual exploitation and sexual interference. Dalbag and Kuljit Singh are also charged with anal intercourse.

The men are all accused of molesting a Winnipeg man when he was a boy, between 1991 and 1995. They worked at the Gurdawara Nanaksar temple in St. Vital, where the boy was a member.

All three men were arrested and charged in December, while a fourth suspect, believed to be in B.C., remains at large.

Amarjeet Warraich, president of the Manitoba Sikh Cultural and Senior Centre, said the case has been a hot topic of conversation in the community for months, and everyone is anxiously awaiting the court case.

"The whole country is concerned about it," he said. "This is the first alleged incident in Winnipeg and, as a matter of fact, I've never heard of it happening back home (in India), either."

Warraich said there has been some discussion about what action can or should be taken, but any decision won't be made until the outcome of the case has been determined.

The president of the Nanaksar temple where the priests worked declined to speak to Sun Media this week, but Warraich said no one is blaming officials there for what is alleged to have happened.

"I think it was a shock to their management and whole board," he said. "Everybody is concerned, as any Sikh who goes to the temple would be."

GUR FATHEH

THE LATEST IN THE CASE...

Sikh priests to stand trial on molestation accusation

Postby kinghsingh » Fri Aug 21, 2009 4:50 am

The following is out of Winnipeg Manitoba Canada.

http://www.winnipegsun.com/news/winnipe ... 1-sun.html

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Sikh priests to stand trial on molestation accusation

By PAUL TURENNE, SUN MEDIA

Last Updated: 20th August 2009, 1:53am

Three Sikh priests accused of molesting a member of their Winnipeg temple when he was a boy will stand trial on their charges.

Provincial court Judge Michel Chartier ruled yesterday there is sufficient evidence to try Bakhshish Singh, Dalbag Singh and Kuljit Singh on charges related to the alleged abuse of a temple member for several years during the early 1990s.

Chartier made the ruling following a one-day preliminary hearing yesterday. The evidence given at the hearing is subject to a publication ban.

The men were arrested in December 2006 and their arrests came shortly after two of them were abducted at swordpoint by two men, including the man who accused them of the abuse.

That man was convicted last summer of unlawful confinement and assault causing bodily harm in connection with the abduction. He received a one-year suspended sentence.

Court heard during his case that he claimed to have been assaulted at least 100 times by the priests while he was a member of the Gurdwara Nanaksar temple in St. Vital.

All three priests have always maintained their innocence.

All three are charged with sex assault, invitation to sexual touching and sexual interference, while Dalbag and Kuljit Singh are also charged with engaging in a intercourse with a minor.

The trial date is expected to be set next month.

paul.turenne@sunmedia.ca"

Source WINNIPEG SUN, WINNIPEG MANITOBA CANADA

also

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/ ... 85912.html

Sikh priests face sex assault trial

THREE Sikh priests have been ordered to stand trial for allegedly sexually abusing a young boy for years in a bizarre case that has divided their community.

Bakhshish Singh, 49; Kuljit Singh, 45; and Dalbag Singh, 39, learned their fate following a preliminary hearing on Wednesday.

A judge ruled there is sufficient evidence to move the case forward.

A court-ordered ban prevents details of from being published.

Police began investigating in December 2006 after the three priests were kidnapped from Gurdwara Nanaksar, located on St. David Road in St. Vital.

A 26-year-old stormed inside the temple and confronted the trio for allegedly molesting him from the time he was eight years old until he was 15.

He was armed with a ceremonial sword, which he maintains he was carrying out of religious tradition, and not as a threatening weapon.

The man forced the priests into a vehicle and drove them to his parents' home, where he hoped to have them admit to the alleged sexual abuse while his mother and sister listened.

Police were called and eventually laid numerous charges against all of the parties.

The alleged sex assault victim pleaded guilty to his role last year and was given a suspended sentence and probation.

Crown attorney Melinda Murray said the disturbing case has shocked the Sikh community.

"It's clear to me there's been a division within the Sikh temple and the community.... There are sides being taken, a big discussion and it's become quite difficult for both sides," she told court.

Gurdwara Nanaksar is one of only 17 temples of its kind in the world. It's associated with a specific Sikh sect, Nanaksar Satsang Sabha.

There are about 300 members in Winnipeg. Priests at the temple are expected to be celibate, and from as young as age eight lead a monastic life of meditation and prayer.

Defence lawyer Kathy Bueti told court her client claims to have been sexually assaulted at least 100 times by the priests on an almost daily basis.

She asked the court to take his emotional state into account when sentencing the man for kidnapping.

"He dealt with that and didn't tell a soul. This was the first day he was going to tell another human being on earth what had happened," she said.

Provincial court Judge Catherine Carlson said while she noted the remorse shown by the man and his compliance with court orders since he was charged, she couldn't send a message condoning vigilante justice.

"The courts simply cannot sanction individuals, even individuals who themselves may be victims of horrendous crimes, taking the law in any way into their own hands and confronting their alleged perpetrators," Carlson said.

The three priests remain free on bail. The charges involved alleged incidents between 1990 and 1996.

No trial date has been set.

www.mikeoncrime.com

source Winnipeg Free Press. Winnipeg Manitoba Canada

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Waheguru ji ka Khalsa Waheguru ji ki fateh

Is the Sanjat so shocked that so few have posted a comment to this story?

I know that this sickens me to my core, thinking that people that we trust so much could have defiled one of our own youth. Waheguru has exposed these evil people, now us as the Sikh sangat need to address these problems. We should learn for our Catholic brothers and sisters that these problems can not be hidden from. Sooner or later they have to be dealt with. I think that the Sikh community needs to better educate our youth about sex and sexual misconduct.

Waheguru ji ka Khalsa Waheguru ji ki Fateh

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WJKK! WJKF!

If true, they should be jhatkad straight away.

At the local Nanaksar (Baba GUrdev Singh's jatha, Southall, UK), the gyanis are rotated every few months with new ones - only the head Granthi is fixed. Isn't it the same in all Nanaksars?

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