The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee is scrutinising British writer JK Rowling’s latest novel The Casual Vacancy for alleged derogatory portrayal of a female Sikh character.
“Though I have not read the book yet, I have told my officer on special duty to go through it,” SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar said on Saturday. He added that if the book offended the dignity of Sikhs, the SGPC would urge Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to take up the matter with the British government for action against Rowling.
In Rowling’s latest novel, a baptised female Sikh student character is derided by her friends for hair on her body. The book has a character, Fats, describing his classmate Sukhvinder as “mustachioed, yet large-mammaried, scientists remain baffled by the contradictions of the hairy man-woman”.