Raised Eyebrows As Harbhajan Singh Offers Hookah To Wedding Guests
After creating a row by deploying bouncers outside a Sikh shrine, spinner Harbhajan Singh has courted another controversy by offering hookahs to guests during his marriage celebrations.
Sikh organisations are up in arms against Bhajji, who allegedly violated Sikh religious norms by allowing the smoking of tobacco, which is forbidden in Sikhism.
Sikh organisations, in a complaint, have written to the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) while accusing Bhajji of making available 113 types of tobacco for hookah lovers who attended his wedding.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the reception of Harbhajan Singh and Geeta Basra at a top Delhi hotel
The Sikh Action Committee, in a letter written to the Jalandhar police commissioner, has demanded action against the cricketer.
Irate Sikhs have accused Bhajji of hurting the religious sentiments of Sikhs by allowing people to smoke hookah while he took his wedding wows with his long-time girlfriend Geeta Basra.
Hookahs were offered to guests during the spinner's marriage celebrations
"Despite being a Sikh, Harbhajan Singh insulted the Sikh religion by offering hookah to guests. Using tobacco has been banned in Sikh religion. He had earlier too violated norms when on Thursday he deployed bouncers outside a gurudwara and closed it so others could not enter the shrine.
"The bouncers misbehaved with devotees," Sikh Action Committee spokesperson RS Bagga said.
Sikh organisations have also approached SGPC to take action against Bhajji.
All India Sikh Students Federation chief Karnail Singh Peer Mohammad said keeping in view the palpable tension in the state over desecration of a holy book, the cricketer should have solemnised his marriage in a simple manner.
"He (Harbhajan Singh) violated the norms by providing hookahs to the guests.
Even the gurudwara where he solemnised his marriage was closed to the general public that caused inconvenience to the devotees. He should apologise for kcentr.online the same," Peer Mohammad said.
Earlier, his bouncers had allegedly manhandled mediapersons on the night of October 29.
The police have arrested four bouncers for allegedly manhandling journalists and damaging their cameras.
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Harbhajan is no stranger to controversies, with past escapades including slapping fellow cricketer S Sreesanth, calling Andrew Symonds a monkey, an altercation with former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting, and a controversial 2011 liquor ad.