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Press Release – Unarmed, aged Sikh protestors subjected to brutality and bullets of Punjab police

HEARTBREAKING SCENES OF POLICE BRUTALITY ON PEACEFUL SIKH PROTESTERS

 

HEART-BREAKING SCENES OF THE KILLING OF PEACEFUL SIKH PROTESTERS IN PUNJAB SHOW LITTLE HAS CHANGED SINCE 1984

#Vaw #WTFnews" data-image-description="<p>Peshawar: Islamic clerics on Friday barred women who are not accompanied by a close male relative from entering <a class="zem_slink" title="Market" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Market" target="_blank" rel="wikipedia">markets</a> of Karak area in <a class="zem_slink" title="Pakistan" href="http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=33.6666666667,73.1666666667&spn=10.0,10.0&q=33.6666666667,73.1666666667 (Pakistan)&t=h" target="_blank" rel="geolocation">Pakistan</a>’s restive northwest.</p> <p>A committee of “ulema” (clerics) in <a class="zem_slink" title="Karak District" href="http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=33.1333333333,71.0833333333&spn=1.0,1.0&q=33.1333333333,71.0833333333 (Karak%20District)&t=h" target="_blank" rel="geolocation">Karak district</a> of <a class="zem_slink" title="Khyber Pakhtunkhwa" href="http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=34.0,71.32&spn=0.1,0.1&q=34.0,71.32 (Khyber%20Pakhtunkhwa)&t=h" target="_blank" rel="geolocation">Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province</a> said only women accompanied by a “mehram” or close male relatives like a brother or son would be allowed into markets.<a href="http://shahernama.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Muslim-Women.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="Muslim Women" src="http://shahernama.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Muslim-Women.jpg" width="650" height="425" /></a><br /> The clerics issued the directive during a meeting held at a mosque in Karak, <a class="zem_slink" title="News program" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/News_program" target="_blank" rel="wikipedia">TV news</a> channels reported. The meeting, chaired by former <a class="zem_slink" title="Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamiat_Ulema-e-Islam" target="_blank" rel="wikipedia">Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam</a> leader Hafiz Abne Amin, contended that women <a class="zem_slink" title="Roaming" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roaming" target="_blank" rel="wikipedia">roaming</a> alone in markets were “spreading <a class="zem_slink" title="Vulgarity" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vulgarity" target="_blank" rel="wikipedia">vulgarity</a>” in society.<br /> Women roaming alone in markets spread vulgarity: Pakistan clerics<br /> The clerics asked the police to implement the decision. However, officials refused to facilitate the implementation of the decision.<br /> The clerics met the local administration and police and asked them to implement the decision. However, officials refused to facilitate the implementation of the decision.<br /> The clerics asked shop-owners not to sell goods to women shopping alone in markets.<br /> Mir Zaqeem, head of the <a class="zem_slink" title="Khattak" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khattak" target="_blank" rel="wikipedia">Khattak</a> Ittehad, told the media that the decision was made because “most unaccompanied women were becoming a source of spreading vulgarity, especially in the holy month of Ramzan”.<br /> He claimed a group of such women were involved in thefts and robberies.<br /> He further said the presence of unaccompanied women in markets went against <a class="zem_slink" title="Pashtun culture" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pashtun_culture" target="_blank" rel="wikipedia">Pashtun culture</a> and religious norms. 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Press Release Via: Sikh Federation UK

London – 14 October 2015
Following the desecration of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, the Sikh Holy scriptures or the living Guru of the Sikhs, at Bargari village in Faridkot district tens of thousands of peaceful Sikh protesters had pitched their tents in Kotkapura town since Monday.
Protesters also blocked the Moga-Ferozepur national highway at Dagru village, and the Moga-Kotkapura highway at Samalsar and Rode villages demanding the arrest of those responsible for tearing off more than 100 pages of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji and scattering them throughout Bargari village.

The protests came amid the uproar over the recent pardon of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and the alleged involvement of his followers in the desecration, although they have emphatically denied any connection.

In shocking scenes this morning the Punjab Police used lethal force against the peaceful Sikh protesters while they were undertaking their morning prayers in Kotkapura. The police initially used batons to attack the peaceful protestors and then resorted to use of water cannons to try and disperse protesters.

Later they opened fire with live ammunition killing a number of unarmed Sikh protesters and injuring dozens of others. Two of those killed have been identified as Kishan Singh, 45, of Niami Wala village and Gurjit Singh, 20, of Sarawan village. In appalling and horrific scenes hundreds of Sikhs exercising their democratic right to peacefully assemble and protest were beaten, dragged away and arrested reminding everyone little appears to have changed since 1984 in terms of a disregard for Sikh lives and police brutality.
In a damage limitation exercise the Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal later ordered a judicial inquiry by a high court judge to probe the desecration incident and its aftermath, besides giving assurances that exemplary punishment would be awarded to perpetrators of the “dastardly act”. Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal announced Rs 1-crore reward to any person giving information leading to the arrest of those who committed the act of sacrilege.

Bhai Amrik Singh, the Chair of the Sikh Federation (UK) said:

‘We condemn the killing of unarmed peaceful protesters in Punjab today and pray for those critically injured. Many have been beaten and abused and hundreds of Sikhs have been arrested today for simply demanding action against those who desecrated Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, our living Guru.’

‘We have had Sikhs contact us from across the globe urging us to take the lead in insisting on extremely tough action against police officers responsible for the killings and brutality. There is talk of offering rewards for information identifying police officers involved in the killings and naming and shaming police officers leading the brutality.’ 

Gurjeet Singh
National Press Secretary
Sikh Federation (UK)

Sikhs protesting peacefully:


Peaceful Protesters by dailysikhupdates

Police damage public property


police in kotakpura by dailysikhupdates

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