Saturday, April 1, 2023

Another FIR lodged against Bharti Singh for hurting Sikh sentiments

CHANDIGARH: A day after an First Information Report (FIR) registered against comedian Bharti Singh for allegedly hurting religious sentiments of Sikhs with her jokes about moustaches and beards, another FIR has been lodged against her.

The first one was lodged against her on complaint of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), the second one was filed at a Jalandhar’s police station by Ravidas Tiger Force chief Jassi Tallan. As per the FIR, she has been accused of mocking the Sikh community and hurting their sentiments. Bharti has been charged under Section 295 – A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings) of the Indian Penal Code.

In a viral video shared last week, Bharti is seen talking to actor Jasmin Bhasin when the latter made an appearance on her comedy series Bharti Ka Show on Shemaroo Comedy. In this video, she is seen uttering this objectionable joke that insults Sikhs. The Sikhs across the world have been fumed over it. A group of the Sikhs staged a protest against her residence in Amritsar on Sunday.

On Monday afternoon, Bharti posted a video in which she explained that she was misjudged by people as her intentions were pure. “There’s a video that’s been going viral from the last 3 to 4 days claiming that I have made fun of ‘daadi mooch’. I have seen the video repeatedly and requested people to watch it too as I have not said anything against any religion or caste. I didn’t mock any Punjabi or what problems happen when you keep ‘daadi mooch’,” she said.

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