India Supreme Court considers banning websites for jokes that mock Sikhs

By , January 5, 2016 12:36 GMT

Jokes mocking Sikhs have been popular in India for a number of years, bearing a resemblance to jokes in the west that mock blonde people for being dim-witted. Alongside the DSGMC’s plea, Sikh lawyer Harvinder Chowdhury has also filed a Public Interest Litigation on the matter, noting that there are more than 5,000 websites that publish jokes portraying the Sikh community in a negative light.

A Supreme Court bench made up of Chief Justice TS Thakur, Justice AK Sikri and R Banumathi, said: “If we think that your community [does] feel bad about it, we will definitely seriously consider it.”

However, during a previous hearing on 30 October 2015, the bench had noted the Sikh community’s “great sense of humour” and stated that they too “enjoy such jokes”.

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In December 2015 a number of Indian celebrities also joined the campaign to ban Sikh jokes, including comedians Gurpreet Singh Ghuggi and Sunil Pal, as well as actor Manmeet Singh and the Church of North India (CNI).

Ghuggi told the Times of India: “The history of Sikh jokes goes back to the British era. They were troubled by the martial race, and Maharaja Ranjit Singh had given them a tough time. That is why an attempt was made to defame Sikhs, and I wonder why this trend started by them has not stopped.”


Categories: India, The Muslim Times

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    O you who have believed, let not a people ridicule [another] people; perhaps they may be better than them; nor let women ridicule [other] women; perhaps they may be better than them. And do not insult one another and do not call each other by [offensive] nicknames. Wretched is the name of disobedience after [one’s] faith. And whoever does not repent – then it is those who are the wrongdoers. verse 11.

    sometimes there is a fine difference between Joke or making fun of someone.Of course Sikhs are more target of indecent jokes.Once Hardhat Khalifatu-lMessiah 4th Mirza Tahir Ahmad r.a said,if someone gets irritated with a joke instead of enjoying it,then don’t tell it.(common day life,and golden principle.) !! meaning don’t break the hearts.

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