Befo0re getting to know about the recent incidents that are happening in the recent Sacrilege incident case, that took place in Punjab. We need to know what exactly is sacrilege? The violation of detrimental treatment of a sacred object, site, or person is referred to as sacrilege. This might take the shape of disrespect for holy people, places, or things. When the sacrilegious offense is verbal, it is referred to as blasphemy; when it is physical, it is commonly referred to as desecration. In a less formal sense, any breach against what is regarded as a religious value, as well as approaching a sacred location without permission, is sacrilege.
Most ancient religions included a concept similar to sacrilege incidents, which was generally seen as a form of taboo. The core premise is that the world of sacrum or haram is superior to the world of profane and its manifestations, as seen in the Sacred–profane dichotomy.
Sacrilege Incidents – England and Wales
Sacrilege incidents were a criminal offense in post-Reformation England for centuries, however, the legal term varied greatly. The principal notion of taking goods from a church was emphasized in most English dictionaries of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
Peel’s Acts, which were enacted in 1828, harmonized criminal law. 7 & 8 Geo 4 c 27 removed the statutes of 1 Ed 6 c 12 relating to sacrilege. Whereas 7 & 8 Geo 4 c 29 for England and Wales. 9 Geo 4 c 55 for Ireland enacted new larceny laws. Each has the same section 10:
That is any person who breaks and enters any church or chapel. Steals any chattel inside, or who, having taken any chattel in any church or chapel. Breaks out of the same shall be sentenced to death as a felon if convicted.
Both of those sections were repealed in favor of Section 50 of the Larceny Act of 1861.
What The Chapel Has To Say:
Which was defined as “breaking and entering a church or chapel. Committing any criminal,” according to its marginal note, and which read:
Whoever breaks and enters any church, chapel, meeting house, or other places of divine worship. And commits any felony therein, or who while in any church, chapel, meeting house, or other places of divine worship. Commits any felony therein and breaks out of the same. Is guilty of a felony, and if convicted, shall be sentenced to life in prison. Not only that they can get imprisoned for at least 3 years.
Two lynchings in two days, one sacrilege incident happened at the Golden Temple’s sanctum sanctorum and the other in a small gurdwara in Kapurthala district, have cast a pall over Punjab.
Political leaders from all parties have decried the desecration, or “beadbi,” but have said nothing else — and have said nothing about the murders in the state, which is holding Assembly elections in a few weeks.
SIT probe Over Sacrilege Incidents
Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, Punjab’s Deputy Chief Minister. He stated a Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been formed. To investigate the Golden Temple tragedy and will submit its report within two days.
Mr. Randhawa, who is also in charge of the Home Ministry. Described the situation as “extremely regrettable” and promised that the police will investigate.
“It was discovered after a preliminary investigation that the accused entered the Sri Darbar Sahib (Golden Temple) complex at 11:30 a.m. and lingered and was there until late evening, indicating that the accused came with an objective”. CCTV footage from markets near Sri Darbar Sahib was also examined to see if he was accompanied by anyone else. “In collaboration with the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), we will investigate the entire affair,” he stated.
He also stated that the culprit has yet to be recognized and that a post-mortem examination will be undertaken immediately. Because ‘Guru Granth Sahib’ is believed to be a living entity, the police have charged the deceased man. The man was charged under Section 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Section 295-A of the IPC has also been invoked. It includes deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings. That is of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs.
Source: The New Indian
What Other Religious Groups Have to Say
The RSS had issued a statement on the “unfortunate” occurrence at the Golden Temple earlier on Sunday. RSS general secretary Dattatreya Hosabale issued a statement severely condemning the “avmanana” (disrespect) of the Guru Granth Sahib. They demand the worst penalty for anyone responsible for the “plot”. He asked people not to let such incidents disrupt community peace.
The incidents, according to Sukhdev Singh Kokrikalan, general secretary of the BKU (Ugrahan). The state’s largest farm union, were part of a “saazish” (scheme) to divert public attention. “We will begin dharnas on Monday to demand the promised compensation for damaged cotton”. The public’s attention is now entirely focused on these issues. Why kill them if you can halt Beadbi and uncover the plot by handing over the perpetrators to the police?” According to Kokrikalan.