Bradford, UK—About 80 peaceful Sikh protesters, young and old, went to Guru Gobind Singh Gurdwara on Saturday on the 19th of July. The issue has been 6 mixed marriages that have been booked at the Gurdwara.
The President of the Gurdwara, Ranbir Rai, was informed about the Akal Thakht hukamnama. However, he has defiantly been speaking against the hukamnama on stage at the Gurdwara, requesting sangat to stand up against those who speak in favor of the Akal Thakht hukamnama, which has led to many conflicts among sangat at the Gurdwara.
Today the protesters were very peaceful when speaking with police and the families involved. The groom accepted to do Sukhmani Sahib instead of doing Anand Karaj. However the president, Ranbir Rai, convinced the groom to do the Anand Karaj. Many Sikhs find it disappointing that Ranbir Rai acted in what they see as a mischievous way, when a clear resolution to the situation was achievable.
One Singh had a camera, which was snatched from him by committee members of the Gurdwara. The Sangat protesting started doing simran, but were given abuse by the committee members.
Tensions have now increased. The Sangat protesting then left the site to ensure no trouble which would give Sikhs and the Gurdwara a bad name could occur. However, the issue of further inter-faith marriages in Bradford, particularly supported by Ranbir Rai, may lead to more scenes like today.