A Delta, B.C., man who admitted killing his two-year-old daughter will have to spend 11 years in jail before he can apply for parole.

Lakhvinder Kahlon received an automatic life term when he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder last week, and B.C. Supreme Court Justice Arne Silverman has now set the parole eligibility.

Kahlon originally pleaded not guilty two weeks ago when the trial began, but abruptly changed his plea without an explanation.

The court heard horrific details about the killing of his daughter Rajvinder. The girl was stabbed and beheaded while her mother was taking the couple's other daughters to school. She returned to find her kitchen covered with blood. Kahlon had already called 911.

Silverman says Kahlon is mentally ill and the killing had nothing to do with the fact that he had no sons.

There had been speculation earlier that Kahlon was depressed because he had only daughters.

But court heard the drywall worker was depressed because he was unemployed and worried about supporting his family.

Last year Radio India host Gupreet Singh says he spoke to Manjit Kahlon in the family home, where he saw a picture of a Sikh saint couples pray to in the hope of having a male child.

Kahlon responded by saying her husband got the picture from a local Sikh temple and experienced peace of mind from the picture.

In February 2008, Vancouver MP Ujjal Dosanjh told CTV News B.C.'s Indo-Canadian community needs to admit it has a problem.

"If we don't feel the shame, if we don't have remorse, we won't change," he said.