It’s heart-warming to see people understanding the need for gender equality simply because it’s a basic right of every person. And in one such welcome move, Punjab Assembly has unanimously passed a resolution urging Akal Takht and the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) to allow Sikh women to sing Kirtan inside the sanctum sanctorum of much-celebrated Golden Temple.
The resolution was moved byTript Rajinder Singh Bajwa. Bajwa, while addressing the assembly said Guru Nanak Devji throughout his life fought for gender equality and this discrimination against women must also end.
Bajwa, aggressively, scrapped Akali leader claims that according to ‘rehat maryada” (religious code of conduct), Sikh women shall not be permitted to sing Kirtan at the Golden Temple.
As per the resolution, “Guru Nanak Dev had visualised a society in which there would be no place for discrimination or distinction on the basis of caste or creed, social status or gender, a society that is to be based upon the principle of egalitarianism and committed to welfare of all.”
“It is for this reason that there is no instance of discrimination in Gurbani or Sikh Gurus history at any level between man and woman. It is, however, unfortunate that the Sikh women are not allowed to perform ‘Kirtan’ in the sanctum sanctorum of the Darbar Sahib, Amritsar, the most venerated shrine of the Sikhs where there is no space for discrimination,” it further said.