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Fashion designer booked for performing yoga at Golden Temple

Source: PTI   -  Edited By: Senjo M R
Last updated on: June 23, 2024 17:59 IST
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The Punjab police booked a fashion designer and lifestyle influencer for "hurting religious sentiments" by performing yoga at the Golden Temple complex in Amritsar.

IMAGE: A view of the Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab. Photograph: ANI Photo

The case was registered after the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee filed a complaint against fashion designer Archana Makwana.

She was booked under Section 295-A (deliberate and malicious intention of outraging the religious feelings of any class) of the Indian Penal Code, the police said on Sunday. The case was registered on Saturday.


The SGPC on Saturday said it has filed a police complaint against Makwana for "hurting religious sentiments" by performing yoga at the Golden Temple and sharing those photographs on social media.

Makwana had, however, apologised for her actions and said that she never intended to hurt anyone's religious sentiments

On the International Day of Yoga on Friday, Makwana visited the Golden Temple and performed yoga in the 'prakrama (circumambulation)' path.

The SGPC, the apex gurdwara body, also suspended its three employees for not diligently performing their duties.

SGPC chief Harjinder Singh Dhami said a complaint has been sent to the police commissioner for taking action against Makwana.

"No one can be allowed to act against Sikh conduct at the Golden Temple but some people deliberately ignore the sanctity and historical importance of this holy place and commit objectionable acts," he said in a statement.

"Sikh sentiments and maryada (conduct)' have been hurt by the act, so a complaint has been filed with the police," he said.

In an appeal, Dhami said Harmandir Sahib has great reverence in the Sikh world and pilgrims from every religion and class come there to pay obeisance. Considering that, the maryada of the place should be followed.

Darbar Sahib general manager Bhagwant Singh Dhangera said the woman's action hurt the sentiments of Sikhs and the 'sangat'.

Later, in a story posted on her Instagram handle, Makwana apologised for her conduct and said, "I posted something without intending to harm anyone's religious sentiments. I was unaware that practising yoga in the Gurdwara Sahib premises could be offensive to some as I was just paying my respect to him and did not mean any harm to anyone."

"I sincerely apologise for any hurt I may have caused and promise to be more mindful in the future. Please accept my sincere apologies," she said.

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