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Delhi Shikhs take up anti-racial slur to SC

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  27 March 2016 12:00 AM GMT

By our Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, March 26: Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Magement Committee (DSGMC) president Manjit Singh GK today said that the DSGMC had moved the Supreme Court of India seeking a law against slurs and jokes being passed on the people of the Northeast, Punjab, Bihar and South India based on their looks in Delhi.

The DSGMC has set up a five-member expert committee comprising legal experts and administrative top brass, including former Union Tourism Secretary MP Bezbaruah, for getting advice on the anti-slur case they have filed in the court, said Manjit Singh GK, who is on a two-day visit to Guwahati.

Manjit Singh GK said that more than 13 lakh Sikhs living in Delhi feel the pain of people of the Northeast when people pass comments about them because of their appearance just like they make jokes on Sikhs, Biharis and people from South India. He said that it is with this in mind that they have approached the apex court to have a law which should make such slurs cognizable offence.

The DSGMC president also said that they have started an online petition to put an end such cartoons jokes movies which make fun of people on the basis of their looks, community religion or region.

The DSGMC president also spoke about historical ties between Assam and the Sikhs for more than 500 years when Guru k visited and then 350 years ago 9th Guru Tegh Bahadurji visited and settled a dispute between Assamese king and invading army to about 200 years ago when Maharaja Ranjit Singh sent a contingent of more than 500 soldiers under the command of General Chetan Singh to defend the sovereignty of Assam when Burmese armies had invaded its land at the request of the king of Assam.

He said the DSGMC has decided to use the services of Baba Bachan Singhji for reconstructing the 200-year-old Mataji Gurdwara at Chaparmukh in gaon district of Assam with funds from their body and contributions from members of Sikh community, not only in the Northeast but also from all over the world to make it an institution worth its status.

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