The Punjab government on November 7 unanimously passed on a resolution to allow women to perform kirtan at the Golden Temple, Amritsar. The resolution was moved by the state rural development minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa to end this discrimination.
The resolution was passed on the second and last day of the special commemorative session to mark the first Sikh guru’s 550th birth anniversary.
Bajwa said that Guru Nanak Dev Ji fought against caste and gender inequality throughout his life and this discrimination against women should end!
Historically speaking Sikh customs and traditions did not allow the Sikh women to perform ‘kirtan’ inside the Darbar Sahib. However, the demand to allow the women singers to perform kirtan inside the Golden Temple was raised at various platforms.
#Goal5 #GenderEquality?Guru Nanak Dev, founder of #Sikhism fought against caste & gender inequality and that discrimination against women should see an end. Recently, the Punjab Govt. ended one form of gender discrimination by allowing Sikh women to sing in the #GoldenTemple pic.twitter.com/slZnBX6TIC
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“There was no mention in the Sikh history of any discrimination against women,” said Bajwa. Only Sikh men perform ‘Kirtan’ at the Golden Temple as of now but now women will be allowed too.