The Sikhs in Delhi is serious about the jokes on the community. Apparently, unamused by the laughs on the Sikhs, they have logged on to an online programme of generating support against jokes targeting the community. In fact, they have come out with an online petition which, so far, has been signed by no less […]
The Sikhs in Delhi is serious about the jokes on the community. Apparently, unamused by the laughs on the Sikhs, they have logged on to an online programme of generating support against jokes targeting the community.
In fact, they have come out with an online petition which, so far, has been signed by no less than 72,000 people — including 27,000 signatures online and around 45,000 signatures offline.
Even Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and renowned comedians Gurpreet Ghuggi and Sunil Pal, among others have come in the support of the plea.
The development assumes significance as the Supreme Court had agreed to examine a public interest litigation seeking ban on jokes on Sikhs and sardars. The online petition was started by the Delhi Sikh community on the website — change.org — demanding ban on Sikh jokes, intended at ridiculing the community. The plea has gone viral and gained momentum worldwide. “We expect to have one lakh signatures by the end of December this year,” said Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee president Manjit Singh GK.
Kejriwal had signed the petition during his visit to Gurdwara Rakabganj during Guru Nanak Jayanti on November 28. Besides stand-up comedians Gurpreet Ghuggi, Sunil Pal, actor Manmeet Singh, RJ VO, artist OP Rathore, church of North India and hundreds of other celebrities have also signed online petition.
The online campaign was started by Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee that calls for ban on 5,000-odd websites that carry Sikh jokes which are making fun of Sikhs. “The campaign is getting massive support from all sections of society across the globe both online and offline,” he said.
Started on November 3, the petition has got all around support from the Sikh students, youth from all across India and abroad. Manjit Singh said: “The online petition has positive impact on the mind-set of society.”
“The petition has quickly received an outstanding response with almost 90 per cent of people who signed the petition also making supportive comments about the importance that such jokes are taken off websites and filters are put in place to stop more such jokes on the internet,” he said. The DSGMC chief said that the Sikh community is not willing to take these “insults” lying down any longer as they violate the fundamental right to life and to live with dignity.