Dear SPGC, let women do kirtan at Harmandir Sahib

An Aussie high school students launches online petition to get women to do kirtan at Golden Temple

Morning kirtan at Harmandir Sahib, Amritsar – Photo grab from live broadcast

By Parveen Kaur

My name is Parveen and I live in Australia. I’m a high-school student.

For years now, people all over the world have brought up the crucial issue of gender inequality that takes place in Harmandir Sahib. Women are not permitted to participate in some forms of seva such as kirtan.

This is not only a case of inequality, but a violation of a fundamental Sikh principle.

One of the basic teachings of Sikhism is that people treat each other and be treated equally regardless of any form of status such as caste, religion, colour or sex. But the committee at Harmandir Sahib have quite clearly done the opposite; the reason for this exclusion is not fully understood.

Why should it matter whether a person doing kirtan is a female or a male? They are still reflecting of the teachings of the guru.

That’s why, I have decided to create a petition that will be presented to the committee when 10,000 people sign it, in order to pressure them to change their rule.

Campaigns like this always start small, but they grow when people like yourselves get involved. Read more about it and sign here.


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