ASC condemns attack on Sikh parcharak at a UK Gurdwara

May 11, 2018 12:35 AM

London, May 10, 2018: The American Sikh Council (ASC) has condemned the attack on Amrik Singh a parcharak from Chandigarh who was visiting from Punjab to speak at Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara Southall on Tuesday.

In a statement, the ASC Secretary General,  Davinder Singh said, “This kind of uncouth behavior by Sikhs inside a Gurdwara is completely unacceptable and we condemn it in the strongest terms. There is no excuse for this type of conduct regardless of any differences of interpretations of Sikh doctrine or history and it goes against the basic tenets of the Sikh faith as practiced by the Sikh Gurus who laid down their lives in defense of the right of others to freely practice their faith.”

The parcharak was physically attacked and his dastar (turban) was knocked off his head. He had been scheduled to do katha (religious discourse) but was prevented from doing so following objections from a group of Sikhs associated with the ‘Dharamyudh Jatha – Damdami Taksal’ led by a Baba Charan Singh (Tividale).

“These kinds of incidents are particularly damaging when Sikhs and Sikh organizations are working hard to promote Sikhi, including legal protections for the dastar and kakkars, by raising awareness to wider communities we live in the diaspora,” he added.

It does not matter whether it is the United Kingdom, the US, Canada or anywhere else; anyone physically assaulting an innocent unarmed person must be reported to the police authorities and let the law take its course. Gurdwara committees must stop coddling these kinds of violent offenders and take stock of themselves and re-examine how to carry out a civil discourse, said the statement.

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