Mandira Bedi in controversy with SGPC: Remove tattoo or face action, Makkar
Renowned TV anchor and commentator Mandira Bedi’s ‘Ek Omkar’ tattoo is set to create another controversy again. Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Avtar Singh Makkar has warned Mandira to get the tattoo removed from her nape, otherwise strict action will be taken against her. Makkar said the Sikh community has been hurt and offended by this act of hers.
Mandira had been warned in 2007 walking the ramp with the same tatoo on. She had once again earned the wrath of Sikh community when attended a dealers’ meet of Jaypee Cement at Zirakpur on the outskirts of Chandigarh along with Sachin Tendulkar in 2010.
Mandira had then apologized for the tattoo and said that she had planned to undergo a plastic surgery to have it removed but could not find time,
Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh had last month warned all the members of Sikh community against getting verses etched on their body parts after Punjabi actress Neeru Bajwa got a gurbani verse tattooed on her arm. He also pointed out that etching of ‘Ek Omkar’ will also be taken seriously and the individual could be summoned to appear before Akal Takht.
He said the clergy would be seeking action under Section 295-A of Indian Penal Code (hurting religious sentiments) for any such inscription on body part. The Jathedar exhorted other religions also to seek action against such individuals.