MELBOURNE – A week after, the SBS Punjabi published a story about Denial of Gurdwara entry to Indian High Commissioner, they were forced to change the headline after numerous complaints being sent to the authorities.
The original headline, shown in the image below, stated that Indian High Commissioner to Australia denied entry into a Melbourne Gurdwara.
The story was shared by more than 50 people and more than 600 comments were made to this story at the time of writing this news.
“What a misrepresentation of the fact SBS, a perfect example of biased reporting or perhaps paid reporting“, was one of the comments on the SBS Punjabi Facebook post shared on Tuesday 21st November.
Ravi Inder Singh, one of the spokesperson told SinghStation Media that a number of Sikh youth reached out to SBS Punjabi Media to change the headline, but no prompt action was taken to follow up their request. Thereafter an official complaint email was sent to higher officials to get the headline changed which was later updated today.
The new headline now reads:
Ravi Inder expressed his anger and condemned SBS Punjabi stating that one wrong headline by this news channel has not only disturbed the Sikh community worldwide about the denial of someone from blessings in Gurdwara but also misrepresented the facts and Sikh ideology.
He mentioned that he along with other Sikh youth had gone to protest against the illegal detention of Sikhs in India and especially in solidarity of Jagtar Singh Johal. They never denied entry of Indian diplomats or High Commissioner of India to Tarneit Gurdwara. They in fact said that they are welcome as individuals and community members but not as Indian officials.
Sikh community loves and promotes peace and harmony among others. The community has a long-standing history since the times of Guru Nanak to stand against Human Right Abuses.