Former Akali Dal MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa has threatened legal action against actress Anushka Sharma for her latest production venture Paatal Lok which allegedly portrayed Sikhs as ‘rapists’.
Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee president, Sirsa, took to Twitter on Saturday to express his discontentment with Amazon Prime Video and Anushka Sharma and said that the series must banned for maligning “religious harmony”.
Referring to a rape scene in the series, he wrote: “Sikhs are Saviours of women. The whole world recognises Sikhs for their Sewa and Humanity but shame on @AnushkaSharma @PrimeVideoIN for showing Sikhs as Rapists”.
In a video, he calls for a ban on the series, and threatens legal action for defaming the community.
He also called on Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar to take strong action against Paatal Lok.
Sirsa had earlier called for a ban on Netflix’s Sacred Games for hurting the religious feelings of Sikhs. This was in connection to a scene in which SaiF Ali Khan’s character throws a ‘kada’ into the sea. He had threatened to sue the makers of the series, including Anurag Kashyap if the scene was not deleted.
“I wonder why Bollywood continues to disrespect our religious symbols! Anurag Kashyap deliberatly puts this scene in #SacredGamesS2 where Saif Ali Khan throws his Kada in sea! A KADA is not an ordinary ornament. It’s the pride of Sikhs & a blessing of Guru Sahib,” he had said.
Earlier this week, a legal notice has been sent to Anushka over an alleged Nepali slur used in Paatal Lok. Bharatiya Gorkha Yuva Parisangh (BhaGoYuP), the youth wing of Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh, had started an online petition demanding that a scene in the series should be muted and the corresponding subtitle is uploaded again with a disclaimer as the scene contains a sexual slur directed at the Gorkha community.