Amid demands for according more respect to women in the wake of nationwide
outrage over the horrific gang-rape of a girl in Delhi recently, the Akal Takht
Jathedar today favoured a ban on use of vulgar language in gurdwaras.
"Foul language should not be allowed to be used at religious places," Gurbachan
Singh, the Jathedar of Akal Takht, the supreme temporal seat of the Sikhs, told
"We should follow the teachings of our Gods and foul language should not be
allowed to come anywhere near religious places," the Sikh priest said.
Asked about issuing of an edict in this regard, he said "I will discuss this
suggestion with other Sikh priests before issuing a 'hukamnama'."
Some Sikh organisations today wrote to the Akal Takht Jathedar for issuing an
edict to prohibit use of foul language in gurdwaras under a new initiative - "Gurdwara
Sudhar Lehar" -- launched in the national capital.
Harvinder Singh Phoolka, a senior Supreme Court lawyer who is the convener of
the new initiative, said "in 2013, we should follow Guru Nanak Dev's teachings
to accord respect to women."
"Let us resolve we will neither use any vulgar language against women nor will
tolerate anyone using it," he said in the letter.
Among others who are part of the campaign are former CBI Director Joginder
Singh, former Ambassador K C Singh, Maj Gen M S Chadha, former Vice Chancellor
Anup Singh, writer Ajeet Kaur and painter Arpana Caur.
Some Sikh organisations are also supporting the suggestion.
To improve the management of gurdwaras and free these from political
interference, many Sikh organisations had started 'Gurudwara Sudhar Lehar'
campaign in the capital recently.