CHIGWELL, UK—Sikh24 have been notified of beadbi taking place at Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa School, Chigwell (UK).
It appears that, on one particular occasion, a barbecue stall, named ‘The Big Fat Greek Barbecue Company, was set up against the school wall near the gym while the field was being used to play football. The stall’s menu, attached clearly advertises the various meats being cooked and sold on the premises of the Sikh school.
Further, people were seen lounging on the Nishan Sahib alongside their belongings and water bottles. Not only was the owner of the barbecue stall seen openly smoking, but other adults were seen smoking around and near the Nishan Sahib as well.
The Sikh Rehit Maryada (Sikh Code of Conduct) makes it clear that the four Bujjar Kurehits (cardinal prohibitions) for a Sikh, are (1) Dishonouring the hair, (2) Eating Kuttha, (meat), (3) Intimate relationship with a person other than one’s spouse, and 4) Using tobacco (i.e. intoxicants).
Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa School is a Sikh ethos school which contains a complete Gurdwara within the complex. It is therefore wholly necessary that the premises be treated with due respect, and as the consumption of meat and the use tobacco are prohibited within the Sikh faith, it is both disrespectful and unacceptable that such activities took place in the school complex.
Such events raise questions about the school’s stance on these matters and whether they are willing to enforce such prohibitions if the premises were to be used again. The school premises being used for community activities is perfectly acceptable; however, those using the premises should be expected to respect the beliefs of the Sikh faith, with full knowledge and respect of the attached Gurdwara and Nishan Sahib. Rules and prohibitions should therefore, be clarified and enforced by the school in order to prevent further beadbi from occurring.