Bharti Singh beard controversy: The National Commission for Minorities (NCM) has requested a report on a complaint against comedian Bharti Singh's joke on Sikh beards and moustaches.
According to media sources, Singh was charged with offending the Sikh community's feelings by making a "mustache-beard" joke on air. She is said to have expressed sorry for her joke.
The National Commission for Minorities said in a statement that it had received a report concerning Singh's joke on television about "beard and moustache."
Bharti's joke has offended the religious sentiment of Sikhs in India and abroad, according to the NCM.
Previously an FIR was filed in Jalandhar's Admapur under Section 295-A of the Indian Penal Code (deliberate and intentional conduct intended to offend religious sentiments).
Jassi Bhallan, President of Guru Ravidas Tiger Force, Punjab, filed the complaint.
On the allegation of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, a FIR was filed in Amritsar a few days ago (SGPC). Bharti's joke had harmed the Sikhs' emotions, according to the police report. She was accused of mocking men with beards in an old video.
Despite the fact that comedian Bharti Singh apologised publicly for offending Sikh beliefs, she said that she had voiced no anti-religious or anti-caste statements, and that she had not mocked any Punjabi or the complications that can arise from keeping 'daadi mooch.'