Some graves in Bukit Brown are guarded by a pair of Sikh guards or Indian guards. These uniformed Indian guards were actually Indian men who arrived from Northern India as peace-keeping forces in the late 1800s. In the early 1900s, many of these men were enlisted into the local police force. Some of them also worked as Additional Police Constables and watchmen (present-day security guards) who guarded both Government Property as well as property of private wealthy individuals.
Families who erect sculptures of Sikh Guards beside their ancestor’s gravesite, generally hope that the Indian guards who were known to guard property as a profession would continue to guard and protect their ancestor’s resting spot from evil spirits, bad qi etc., allowing the deceased to rest at ease.