The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has made an appeal to the Supreme Court (SC) to have a rethink over its refusal to give any direction to ban jokes on Sikhs.
In a statement issued here on Wednesday, SGPC secretary Harcharan Singh said such jokes hurt the image of Sikhs who always stay ready for service of humanity regardless of caste, religion, creed and race.
“Sikhs are known as sympathisers of mankind across the world and their history is splendid. Still their mockery is made in these jokes,” he stated.
“As these jokes present Sikhs wrongfully, these should be banned. But the apex court expressed helplessness in doing so. This is not fair. If it (SC) shows such an approach where (will) Sikhs make appeal for this?”
“The Sikh community has got disappointed over this decision. This is a serious issue and the apex court should take it seriously. Keeping in view Sikh sentiments, the court should review its decision”, he added.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to issue any direction on a petition by lawyer Harvinder Choudhary seeking to ban Sikh jokes, saying it will be impossible to implement its order or guidelines. The apex court said it can’t lay moral guidelines for the citizens over the issue.