Sikh community asks women to avoid western attire during procession

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jamshedpur
  • Updated: Nov 25, 2015 15:35 IST
The CGPC has also directed Sikh youths not to ride vehicles during the procession. (Mujeeb Faruqui/HT Photo)

A Sikh community committee of Jamshedpur has asked girls and women to wear traditional white suit and dupatta and avoid western outfits during the Guru Parva procession on Wednesday.

The Central Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (CGPC) has issued certain guidelines to be followed during the Nagar Kirtan (procession) which will be held in the town to support the Swachh Bharat mission.

The committee has said only Sikh girls and women clad in a white suit and dupatta will be allowed to participate in the procession. Women wearing jeans, western outfits or transparent dresses will not be allowed to join the procession.

The CGPC has also directed Sikh youths not to ride vehicles during the procession. Disciplinary action would be taken against people performing stunts during the procession and their vehicles would be seized.

To support the Swachh Bharat campaign, the CGPC will ensure cleaning of roads after the procession.

Senior citizens of the community and old-age people who are unable to move will be honoured by the committee. Chief minister Raghubar Das and cabinet minister Saryu Rai will also be felicitated by the CGPC on Wednesday.

Pradhan of the CGPS Indrajeet Singh said, “We are dedicated to celebrate the Guru Parva without influence of modern culture. Discipline, sanitation and honour to senior citizens would be prime focus of this year’s celebrations. Sikh Nawajwan Sabha will ensure traditional and peaceful processions on the auspicious day.”

The procession, led by Palki Sahib, will begin from Sonari Gurudwara and conclude at Sakchi Gurudwara Sahib. Altogether 34 Gurudwaras, 34 Stri Satsang Sabha, 17 Sikh religious schools, 17 middle and high schools as well as 15 kirtan groups will participate.

Jaswindar Kaur,a resident of Mango, said: “We should practice principles preached by Guru Nanak Dev. It is better to look like a Sikh youth on Guru Parva as described by our Gurus. There are many other days to adopt the western culture but on this auspicious day we should practice only the Sikh culture.”

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