The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) Saturday prohibited filming ‘Tik Tok’ videos inside the Golden Temple. Posters prohibiting the use of the popular mobile app inside the premises was spotted at the various entrances of the temple.
The decision came a day after Giani Harpreet Singh, head priest of the Akal Takht, the highest temporal seat of Sikhs, had said banning mobile phones inside the Golden Temple complex would have to be “thought over” if visitors continued to shoot TikTok videos inside the holiest Sikh shrine.
While photography was banned last year, it was not implemented strictly. However, the fresh cases of misuse of mobile phones inside the temple has forced the SGPC to swing into action once again.
“SGPC had banned photography inside Golden Temple last year. But, it wasn’t implemented strictly because we know that devotees arrive from all corners of the world and they want to preserve the memory of the visit. So, we were lenient in implementing the photography ban,” an SGPC official said.
“But it is sad to see some people making videos on romantic songs and dancing inside Golden Temple. It doesn’t make any sense. Such people have forced us to implement the ban strictly. We have specially mentioned TikTok videos in fresh posters,” the official added.
On Friday, a case was registered against three unidentified girls, who had recorded a video and later uploaded on social media. Similar cases were reported in the past as well.
The official said, “It is difficult to keep eye on all devotees. But we have asked our employees to be more vigilant to stop such videos.”
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