FIR lodged against comedian Bharti Singh over beard joke

FIR lodged against comedian Bharti Singh over beard joke

She also talked about men having lice in their beards.

An FIR has been lodged against comedienne Bharti Singh over an old video in which she allegedly mocked men with beards.

The FIR was registered in Punjab's Amritsar on Monday night on the complaint of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, which alleged that she had hurt the sentiments of Sikhs.

Bharti Singh has been charged under Section 295-A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage reli­gious feelings) of the Indian Penal Code.

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WHAT DID SHE SAY?

In the old video that went viral, Bharti Singh said, "Beard-moustache has many benefits; drink milk and put some of the beard in your mouth, it will taste nothing less than Seviyaan [dessert]."

She also talked about men having lice in their beards.

After the clip went viral, many accused Bharti Singh of disrespecting the beard that Sikh men maintain as part of their religious belief. Sikh groups even protested against Bharti Singh in Amritsar on Monday.

BHARTI'S APOLOGY

In a video posted on Monday afternoon, Bharti Singh issued an apology and clarified that her intentions were not to hurt any community.

She said, "There's a video that's been going viral from the last 3 to 4 days claiming that I have made fun of 'daadi mooch'. I have seen the video repeatedly and request people to watch it too as I have not said anything against any religion or caste. I didn't mock any Punjabi or what problems happen when you keep 'daadi mooch'."

She added, "I was doing comedy with my friend but if it has hurt the sentiments of any section, I apologise with folded hands. I am a Punjabi myself, I was born in Amritsar and I'd always respect it. I am a proud Punjabi, too."

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