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Vedantiís nod to kirtan by women
Tribune News Service

Patiala, January 10
The SGPC President, Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, said today that Akal Takht Jathedar Joginder Singh Vedanti had given his approval to allow women to perform kirtan in the Harmandar Sahib, but said a final decision in the matter would be taken after the public opinion on the issue.

Addressing a press conference here Mr Badungar said the SGPC had an open mind on the issue and would take a decision as per the dictates of the sangat. He also clarified that there was no ban on performing of the kirtan by women in the Harmandar Sahib and that women had not been performing this service due to an unwritten convention which was being practised till now.

The SGPC President said he would not like to express his personal views on the issue as that would amount to influencing any decision on the issue.

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