An Australian woman "Beverly" was denied entry into the sanctum sanctorum of "Golden Temple" the great Sikh Shrine in Amritsar in Punjab state of India. Reason being, "she wore clinically approved bandages on her feet". The incident has embarrassed the Sikh community.
As per Times of India report:
"The incident took place last week and became public after Tom Simpson, the husband of Beverly, wrote a letter to Sikh priest in Australia, Dya Singh, and narrated his "grief, shock and anger" over the treatment. According to the letter, a ‘sevadar’ (a temple worker) apparently told Beverly that according to Sikh tenets only a person with bare feet could enter the sanctum sanctorum and she had to stay out because she had bandages on her feet, so what if it was due to a crippling illness.
"Incidentally, Queen Elizabeth during her visit to the Golden Temple in 1997 was given special permission by the SGPC to enter the sanctorum with her socks on. "
Its high time that Sikh community & SGPC should introspect, whether the Holy Sikh place "Golden Temple" is friendly towards the disabled or not.
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