Punjabi movie actor Neeru Bajwa, has apologised to the Sikh head priests for ‘hurting the Sikh sentiments’ by inscribing a verse from ‘Gurbani’ on one of her arms. The written apology reached the office of the Akal Takht Jathedar two days ago and was taken up for discussion at the meeting of the priests held here on Monday. The clergy had taken stern notice of the ‘gurbani’ inscriptions on the arm of the actress after receiving complaints from a number of Sikh religious organisations and also from individuals.
“We have accepted her apology and pardoned her. She has also assured the Sikhs that such an act would not be repeated,” Akal Takht jathedar, Giani Gurbachan Singh told the media.
The jathedar warned all Sikhs against getting verses from ‘gurbani’ etched on any of their body parts. He also sought to make it clear that etching of the ‘Ek Om Akar’ sign on body parts will also be viewed very seriously and could lead to the individual being summoned before the Akal Takht.
“We have decided that to halt this unethical practice, we will seek action under Section 295-A of the IPC (hurting religious sentiments) against any individual who inscribes religious verses on his body parts. Other faiths (religions) should also seek action against violators under this section of the IPC,” he said.
Desecration of scripture
The clergy at the meeting also discussed a couple of cases related to desecration of the Sikh scripture. These included scriptures getting burnt due to short circuit of electricity in gurdwaras.
“These are serious offences and the management of shrines should take care of the scripture,” the Jathedar said.
The Jathedar said that all cases related to desecration of the scripture should also be dealt under Section 295-A of the IPC. However, this section needs to be made more stringent and the government must bring about the necessary changes to ensure that the wrong-doers do not escape punishment, the jathedar added.