FIR against Bharti Singh for hurting Sikh community sentiments

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It was recently reported that comedienne Bharti Singh issued an apology for reportedly hurting the sentiments of the Sikh community when a video of her making fun of moustaches and beards from one of her comedy bits starts making the rounds on social media.

Bharti Singh posted an apology video on her social media and wrote in the captions that she never intended to hurt or offend anyone with her comments. She stated that she did comedy to make people happy, not make them unhappy.

In the apology video, she asserts that her comments were made in general and nowhere does she mention any specific community. She asserted that she respected all communities and would never want to hurt any religious sentiments.

However, it seems like her apology video will not cut it, as an FIR has been filed against her for hurting religious sentiments of the Sikh community with her “Daadhi-mooch” (beard-moustache) comments.

In the viral video in question, Bharti is seen talking to Jasmin Bhasin, Bigg Boss participant when the latter made an appearance on Bharti’s comedy series, ‘Bharti Ka Show’.  

During her comic bit, Bharti says, “Dhadhi mooch kyu nahi chahiye. Dhadhi mooch ke bade fayede hote hain. Dudh piyo, aise dhadi munh mein daalo, sewaiyon ka taste aata hai. Mere kaafi friends logo ki shaadi hui hai na, jinki itni itni dhaadi hai, saara din dhadi mein se jue nikalti rehti hai (what’s wrong with beards and moustaches, they have many benefits. Drink milk, and then put the beard in your mouth, you will be able to taste sewaiyaan. Many of my friends have gotten married to men with long beards, and spend the entire day removing lice from them).”

She received a lot of backlash for her comments and she took to her Instagram to post an apology. In her apology video she re-iterates that she never mentions any particular community.

In the apology video, Bharti further said, “You can watch that video, I never said that Punjabi people keep beards. It was a genuine conversation; I was doing comedy with my friend. A lot of people keep beards and moustaches these days. But if people from any religion or caste have been hurt by my comments, I apologise to them with folded hands. I am a Punjabi myself, born in Amritsar, I will always keep Punjab’s honour and I am proud of being a Punjabi.”

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