Harbhajan says 'sorry', hits back at SGPC
The ace off-spinner apologised to the Sikh community for 'hurting' their emotions by keeping his hair open in an advertisement.india Updated: Oct 09, 2006 14:15 IST
Ace off-spinner Harbhajan Singh on Saturday apologised to the Sikh community for "hurting" their emotions by keeping his hair open in an advertisement.
Harbhajan, who was pulled up by the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee, the apex religious body of Sikhs, said he respected emotions of the people of his community and did not do it intentionally.
"If my action has hurt the Sikh community, then I feel sorry for it. I will take note of it (in future)," Harbhajan told PTI.
The SGPC yesterday demanded an apology from the spinner, saying that the religion prohibited a Sikh from keeping his hair open.
"Harbhajan Singh should apologise for appearing in the advertisement if he considers himself to be a Sikh. Our religion prohibits keeping one's hair open. We also strongly object to his appearing in the advertisement in this fashion," SGPC President Avtar Singh had said.
However, Harbhajan on Saturday slammed the SGPC for taking up the issue in media.
"It's bad that the SGPC took up the issue in media. If they had any problem, they should have called me like a son and told me. But, their action was wrong," he said.