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SGPC issues legal notice to Amazon for selling sacred Sikh texts online

SGPC issues legal notice to Amazon for selling sacred Sikh texts online

SGPC issues legal notice to Amazon for selling sacred Sikh texts online
Advocate Harjinder S. Dhami (on left) & screen grab of Gutka sahib on amazon webtsite (on right)

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has sent a legal notice to e-commerce giant Amazon for selling copies of holy books Guru Granth Sahib and Gutka Sahib, an office bearer said Thursday. SGPC chief secretary Harjinder Singh Dhami said there is “outrage” over the sale online of the Gutka Sahib, a collection of sacred verses. He said the Amazon practice went against the principles (Maryada) of the Sikh religion. “There is huge devotion and respect for the Gurbani in the minds of the Sikh community and there is outrage among the Sikhs over the sale of the Gutka Sahib online by Amazon,” he said Dhami asked Amazon to immediately remove Guru Granth Sahib Ji's sanchis and Gutka Sahib of Gurbani from its website. He added, “A legal notice is being sent to the Amazon Company and if they did not immediately remove the Gurbani Gutka Sahibs and sainchis from the website and send an explanation, the SGPC would take legal action against Amazon.” Currently, there are only two facilities of printing Guru Granth Sahib in India, one in Amritsar run by the SGPC and the other in Delhi, managed by the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee.

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