Former SGPC chief Bibi Jagir Kaur,currently lodged in jail in Kapurthala following her conviction in abduction and murder case of her daughter Harpreet Kaur,received sympathy from unexpected quarters on Friday.
Tarsem Singh,chairman of Dharam Parchar Committee of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (DSGMC) – a staunch opponent of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and SGPC – in a press note shared grief with Bibi on humanitarian grounds.
Those who have sons and daughters can well imagine what Bibi would have felt after the death of her daughter Harpreet Kaur, Tarsem Singh said.
Putting the blame on Harpreet for not protecting the honour of the family,Tarsem said,the emotions of Harpreet did not prove to add to the legacy of Muralewala saints.
Notably,Bibi Jagir Kaur is the head of Dera Sant Baba Prem Singh Muralewala in Begowal.
Singh further said that the daughter who decides to break away the thread of love and faith of family,has to face the mountains of grief in the end.
Queried about his focus on family honour in the statement,Singh said,When I talk about the family honour,I do not mean that I am a supporter of honour killings. What I mean is that it is the duty of the children to respect the feelings of their parents towards them. I do agree that there is need to change the mentality of parents as well, he added. Tarsem rued that while Bibi was already facing mental agony,some stone-hearted people were using bad language against her.
Bibi Jagir Kaur lost her only daughter,has lost the family prestige permanently and has been sent to jail. On humanitarian grounds,I express grief with a mother. There is no politics involved in this, Tarsem added.
Asked if he and Bibi knew each other,Singh said,I never met her. I only know that as SGPC president she took some revolutionary steps for the Sikh community.
Meanwhile,the DSGMC president,Paramjit Singh Sarna,refused to comment on the Tarsems statement.