Sikhs protest holy book's desecration

Sikhs protest holy book's desecration
Indian Sikhs attend a candle march to protest against the alleged desecration of a Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of Sikhs, in Amritsar.

KUALA LUMPUR: Scores of Sikhs converged outside the Indian High Commission here in a peaceful protest against the desecration of their Guru Granth Sahib holy book.

Carrying placards condemning the act, they later handed over a memorandum to High Commissioner to Malaysia T.S. Tirumurti at the mission in Mont Kiara yesterday.

The document was addressed to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

Protest group spokesman Harcharanjit Singh said the memorandum was signed by representatives from 30 Sikh organisations and 125 Gurdwara Sahibs (Sikh temples) in Malaysia.

He said Tirumurti told them that the document would be delivered to the two Indian leaders.

"He assured us that action would be taken on the matter," he said.

The document stated the Sikh community's strong protest of the desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib Ji (Sikh scriptures) across Punjab, "which have hurt Sikh sentiments and caused deep grievance among Sikhs worldwide."

"The Sikhs of Malaysia, therefore, strongly urge the Indian government and Punjab state authorities to take action against the perpetrators of these atrocities and demand that the safety and freedom of the Sikh people to practise their religion be preserved," it said.

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