I am writing this letter requesting you to take an urgent action to stop India's torturous, cruel and inhuman treatment and its plan to eliminate Jathedar Hawara who is a Sikh and native of village Hawara Kalan, District Fatehgarh Sahib, Punjab, India. Presently Jathedar Haawara is imprisoned in Tihar Jail, Delhi, India.
Jathedar Hawara has been a Sikh political activist since June 1984 when Indian Army invaded and desecrated the holiest Sikh shrine The Golden Temple in Amristar and destroyed Sri Akal Takhat Sahib - the highest temporal place of Sikhism. The focus of Jathedar Hawara's three decade long struggle has been for the creation of Khalistan, an independent country where, unlike India, people of all religions including Sikhs could freely practice their faith without fear of rejection, denial, persecution and discrimination.
In November 2015, Sarbat Khalsa (global congregation of Sikhs) held in Amritsar, unanimously elected and appointed Jagtar Singh Hawara as the Jathedar of Sri Akal Takhat Sahib. According to the Sikh religious traditions, Jathedar of Akal Takhat Sahib is the supreme religious leader of the 30 million Sikhs around the world.
Throughout Jathedar Hawara's incarceration in Indian jails, the treatment meted out to him has never been humane. However, ever since he was appointed as Jathedar (religious head of the community), Indian government has escalated the cruelty, inhuman treatment and torture to a new level.
Since 2015, Jathedar Hawara is being subjected to the cruel, inhuman and torturous treatment.
- Being deprived of food, water, sleep and medicines.
- Was forced to stand on his legs for several hours, which resulted in his knees and spinal cod being so badly affected that now he cannot stand without support.
- Forced to stay awake throughout the night for several nights in a row.
- Is continuously subjected to solitary confinement.
- Is shackled round the clock.
- Is continuously denied proper medical treatment at the hospital.
In 1990’s Indian authorities tortured and extra judicially killed Gurdev Singh Kaunke who was then Jathedar of Akal Takhat Sahib. And now India is trying to eliminate Jagtar Singh Hawara present Jathedar of Akal Takhat Sahib.
I urge you to immediately take an appropriate action within your powers to stop India from torturing Jathedar Hawara.