Punjab Government To Allow Women To Sing “Kirtan” Inside Golden Temple

In the most recent win for Sikh Women, the Punjab Assembly recently unanimously passed a resolution that would allow Sikh women to sing hymns in the sanctum sanctorum of the Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab.

The Alak Takht and the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has allowed women to sing inside the golden temple.

Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, a state minister, said that Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of the Sikh Religion, fought against caste and gender inequality throughout his life, and added that we as humans should do the same for women.

Minister Bajwa rejected the claim of the Akali Leaders, which said “rehat Maryada” wouldn’t allow Sikh women to perform Kirtan inside the Darbar Sahib in the Golden Temple.

In 2005, Bibi Jagir Kaur also went to ask for permission for Sikh women to perform Kirtan Sewa at the Holy Sikh shrine in Amritsar.

Talking about what the Akali Leaders were claiming, Bajwa said, “There was no mention in the Sikh history of any discrimination against women.”

Sikh women were not allowed to perform Kirtan till now, and only men were performing.

Minister Bajwa was supported by Kultar Singh Sandhwan, an MLA out of the Aam Aadmi Party.

MLA Sandhwan criticized the Akali leaders for raising questions over the resolution that was brought in the government.

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