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Book Disrespect Of Granth Sahib As Murder: Akal Takht

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The Akal Takht, the highest temporal seat of Sikhs, today asked Punjab government to book those who show disrespect to the holy Guru Granth Sahib on the charge of murder.

A marathon meeting of five Sikh head priests was held at secretariat of Akal Takht discussing the issue.

After the meeting, Gurbachan Singh, head of the Takht, issued directions to SGPC, which manages the affairs of key Sikh shrines, to take up the matter with Punjab government with regard to registration of criminal case under section 302 (murder) of IPC against those who are charged with showing disrespect to the Guru Granth Sahib.

"SGPC had been directed to hold meetings with the heads of all Sikh shrines, Sikh religious personalities, including Sikh scholars, to maintain the sanctity of the Guru Granth Sahib in all the religious places," Singh said.

Talking about a separate Sikh Marriage Act, Singh said the Anand Marriage Act came into being in 1909 and it was in practice till 1950 when the Indian Constitution came into being. The Constitution, however, made no provision for a separate law for Sikh marriages which was "highly unfortunate".

"Muslims have their own laws for marriage, then why Sikhs can't have their separate law for marriage who are forced to register their marriages under the provisions of Hindu Marriage Act", he said.


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