SGPC relaxes photo, video ban at Golden Temple
A day after the ban on photography and videography on the Golden Temple premises, Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee gave some concessions on Tuesday. It clarified that the ban would not apply on photojournalists who cover dignitaries’ visits and other religious or political events inside the premises. Also, professional documentary movie makers will also be allowed to shoot films. For this, they have to take prior permission from the SGPC.
SGPC also said that it would allow media persons and devotees to click pictures, but in specific areas and on certain conditions. Many warning boards have been put up in the parikrama of the shrine. It carries prohibitory messages in three different languages. Also, many sewadaars have been deployed to keep an eye on the violators.
SGPC Chief Secretary Dr. Roop Singh told the media that, “True devotees would seldom focus on clicking pictures as they revere the shrine with utmost devotion. Other consider the shrine as a tourist spot and capture their moments in a picnic mood. We have imposed a restriction on the second category of visitors. Also, hoards of visitors gather at the entrance to click pictures with their cameras and phones, thus creating hindrance in the movement of devotees at the parikrama.”
Roop Singh has received a lot of complaints and has drawn a lot of criticism regarding the ban decision. Following which he told the media that he may review his decision.