Alleged discrimination with Dalits in Maanwala: SGPC chief visits family. Following reports about alleged ‘discrimination’ against Dalits over ‘bhog’ in a gurdwara in Maanwala village (near Dhuri), president of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) Gobind Singh Longowal on Sunday visited Maanwala village and met the Dalit family. He termed the incident as ‘unfortunate and said that there was no place in the Sikh religion on caste-based discrimination against any one. It may be mentioned here that a case of alleged ‘discrimination against Dalits had come to light on Saturday when it was alleged that a Dalit family from the Maanwala village was “not allowed” to perform “bhog and antimardas” of an elderly woman of their family in a gurdwara of the village on January 17. However, the Sarpanch of the village, Harpal Singh, had stated that the family declined to perform “bhog ceremony in the gurdwara as someone from the gurdwara side refused to give them utensils for serving “langar” (community kitchen).Talking to Daily Post, the SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal said that he on Sunday met members of the Dalit family and listened to them about the incident, involving “discrimination” against the Dalits in connection with performance of “bhog at the gurdwara. Longowal said he also appealed to Jathedar of Akal Takht to summon the committee members of the gurdwara and punish the “erring persons” as there was no place in the Sikh religion on caste-based discrimination against any person. He said on the basis of caste, no one could be stopped from paying obeisance or holding of religious activity at the gurdwara.
He said he had also assured the family members that the SGPC was with them and no such activity would be allowed to reoccur in the gurdwara. Longowal also said that the SGPC had launched a “dharam prachar” campaign from Takht Damdama Sahib, Talwandi Sabo, from Sunday to prevent such incidents. He said the preachers had been asked to spread the message of gurbani, especially in the localities of the Dalits in villages, for creating awareness among them about the tenets of Sikh religion.
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