Asia&Pacific

Man beaten to death in India for desecrating shrine

11:21, 19 December 2021
Man beaten to death in India for desecrating shrine

The Indian police launched an investigation after a man was beaten to death in the Sikh holy city of Amritsar. He allegedly committed some kind of sacrilege, BBC reported


The incident took place during a prayer at the Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib). According to local media, the man entered the inner closed rooms of the temple, where the main sacred text of the Sikhs (Guru Granth Sahib) is kept and tried to touch the ceremonial sword.

The guards and believers immediately attacked him. The fight was caught on camera, as evening prayers are traditionally broadcast on television.

What happened next remains to be seen. The police say that by the time the security forces arrived, the man was already dead.

“It is unfortunate that instead of exposing the forcing working behind the culprits who had been arrested in the past, they were released after being declared as mentally ill. It is the failure of the governments and agencies who could not reach the people working behind such culprits,” the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) chief– the apex body for the management of gurdwaras, Harjinder Singh Dhami said.

The issue of religion and desecration of Sikh shrines is very acute in society. Attempts to do so were observed in 2014 and 2015, and as a result, they became an important element of the political struggle during the elections in the Punjab state in 2017.