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Two days before the release of Sunny Leone’s website Karenjit Kaur web series, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) and Sikh women leadership has raised objection to use the word, ‘Kaur’ in the series.
According to a report in Times Of India, SGPC and Sikh women leadership have objected to Bollywood actress and adult star, Sunny Leone's upcoming web series ‘Karenjit Kaur: The Untold Story of Sunny Leone’. They are upset with producers for using ‘Kaur’ in the title and the series.
Diljit Singh Bedi, SGPC’s additional secretary and spokesperson said, “Kaur is a very respectable name given by Sikh gurus to Sikh women. A person who didn’t follow the teachings of Sikh gurus shouldn’t use the word Kaur as this could hurt Sikh religious feelings. Sikhs will not allow her to use it. She should tender a public apology.”
President of the Istri Akali Dal, Bibi Jagir Kaur said, “She is using the word Kaur for making her biopic a success, unaware of the fact that the same could hurt religious sentiments."
According to Article XVII of SGPC’s Sikh Rehat Maryada (code of religious conduct), pertaining to ceremonies of birth and naming of a child - “A name starting with the first letter of the hymn of the Hukam (command) should be proposed by the granthi and, after its acceptance by the congregation, the name should be announced by him. A boy’s name should be suffixed with ‘Singh’ and girl’s name with ‘Kaur’.
A few days back, trailer of Karenjit Kaur was released online. The trailer chronicles the journey of Karenjit (Sunny) as she goes from being an ordinary teenager from a Sikh family in Canada to becoming an adult star and her eventual rise in Bollywood.
Coming back to the objection, we wonder if the makers will drop 'Kaur' from the series or fight it out with the committee.