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SGPC to study Rowling's book 'The Casual Vacancy' for any objectionable content

PTI  Amritsar, October 02, 2012
First Published: 18:32 IST(2/10/2012) | Last Updated: 18:38 IST(2/10/2012)

Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) will study British author JK Rowling's new book 'The Casual Vacancy' and will take up the matter with Centre if it finds anything against the tenets of Sikh religion in it, a religious body said here on Tuesday.

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"If anything is found objectionable as per Sikh tenets in such circumstances, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would be urged to take up the matter with the UK government to initiate action against the author," said SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar.

Rowling's latest book has a sikh family at the heart of a fictional village in south-west England named Pagford.

Asked about the reported objections by members of sikh community against certain remarks in the book, Makkar said, "So far I have not gone through the book due to its non-availability in Punjab."  

He said that according to the information received about the author so far, "she is said to be a humble person who has great respect for the sikh religion.

Adding he said, "So in such circumstances, I wouldn't say anything in a hurry against the author unless scrutiny board of SGPC goes through the book."

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