Akal Takht restrains SGPC on women kirtan sewa issue Amritsar | September 27, 2005 9:49:05 PM IST The Akal Takht, the highest religious seat of the Sikhs today restrained the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) from going ahead with its proposal to permit Sikh baptised women devotees from performing 'kirtan'(reciting of religious hymns) in the Harmandir Sahib, the sanctoum sanctorum of the Golden Temple and other historical shrines. The order of the Akal Takht has also stayed the SGPC proposal of allowing women devotees from performing 'palki sahib sewa' (palanquin) in the Golden Temple complex. The directions also stayed another proposal of allowing women baptised devotees from participating in the 'amrit sanchar' (practise of baptism) ceremony. This decision was taken at a meeting of the Sikh High Priests held at the Akal Takht here. The meeting was presided over by Takht Jathedar Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti. Takht Keshgarh Sahib Jathedar, Tirlochan Singh, Takht Damdama Sahib Jathedar Balwant Singh, Head Granthi of Hazoor Sahib and Head Granthi of Patna Sahib, were also present in the meeting.