Posted by: Singh Is King | Saturday, August 4, 2007

No liquor, non-veg for Sikh weddings

noliq.jpg New Delhi: The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee has set an austere code for Sikh weddings. No non-vegetarian food or liquor is to be served. Not just tandoori chicken is off limits. A simple ceremony before noon is all that a wedding should be. So no sagan, cocktails and reception after marriage.

Displaying its resolve to back its suggestions with action, DSGMC has said all Sikh weddings should be solemnised in gurdwaras. Those failing to observe the code will be denied marriage certificates. Though it has been claimed that the Sikh clergy would use persuasion, they clearly mean business. Sikhs have been urged not to attend weddings that don’t stick to the code.
The anti-ostentation code was decreed at a meeting with heads of about 173 Singh Sabhas across Delhi on Saturday. While DSGMC contends that the move for a “simple wedding” is an attempt to curtail dowry harassment and even female foeticide being resorted to by parents who cannot afford expensive weddings, the spartan extreme proposed is sure to jar a community which likes to celebrate in style. More importantly, it is in line with renewed zeal displayed lately by Sikh clergy to regulate the community’s affairs in Punjab as well as other states.

DSGMC seems keen on enforcement. Committee president Paramjit Singh Sarna says the DSGMC will “persuade” families to fall in line but said those who flout the “simple wedding” code will not get a marriage certificate from gurdwaras. Also, those who organise baraats in the evening will not be allowed to marry in a gurdwara besides which members of the committee will boycott such weddings.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: