NEW DELHI: Takht Sri Damdama Sahib former Jathedar Giani Kewal Singh on Thursday was disallowed to board the Metro train at Dawarka station at Delhi, that has enraged the Sikh bodies across the world.
Taking serious note of the denial, the Sikh bodies wrote a letter to the National Commission for Minorities, New Delhi, to raise the issue and seek punishment for those responsible for it.
The letter was written by Panthak Talmel Sangathan Co-convenor Advocate Jaswinder Singh, SGPC former General Secretary Sukhdev Singh Bhaur, senior High Court lawyer Advocate Navkiran Singh.
The letter reads, “The Sikhs are not being allowed to exercise their right to enjoy the religious freedom that is enshrined in Article 25 of Indian constitution. The deprivation is happening at the time when the country is celebrating 75th anniversary of Independence Day. This is a clear violation of the constitution. The government must take notice of it and take exemplary action against those responsible”.
Meanwhile, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) chief Harjinder Singh Dhami condemned the denial.
In a statement, he said, “Giani Kewal Singh is an respected personality of the Sikh qaum. Disallowing him to carry a kirpan in a Metro train is very unfortunate. It is unfair to prohibit anyone from wearing articles of his or her faith in his or her own country”.
He said, “Indian constitution permits followers of all faiths to enjoy their religious freedom. Under this freedom, an Amritdhari Sikh has the right to wear a kirpan irrespective of its size or length. Debarring the former jathedar from carrying kirpan is a direct attack on religious freedom of the Sikhs. The persons responsible for this kind of treatment must be punished”.
“Prime Minister of the country should issue clear instructions to protect the religious rights of the followers of all the faiths, so that no such incident happens in future”, he added.