Did You Know What is the name given to the Sikh who go against Sikh Religion Practices?

Did You Know What is the name given to the Sikh who go against Sikh Religion Practices?

Patit is a term which refers to a person who has been initiated into the Sikh religion, but violates the religion’s precepts. The term is sometimes translated as apostate.[1]

Its legal definition as inserted in the Sikh Gurdwaras Act, 1925, through the amending Act XI of 1944:: Patit means a person who being a Keshdhari Sikh, trims or shaves his beard or keshas or who after taking amrit commits any one or more of the four kurahits.

Delhi Sikh Gurdwaras Act, 1971, contains a similar definition except a reference to keshdhari because unlike Sikh Gurdwaras Act, 1925, it defines only keshdhari, and not sahajdhari, as Sikhs. It states: “Patit” means a Sikh who trims or shaves his beard or hair (keshas) or who after taking amrit commits any one or more of the four kurahits.

In the Sikh Rehat Maryada, Section Six, it states: The undermentioned four transgressions must be avoided:

Dishonouring the hair;
Eating the meat of an animal slaughtered the Kutha way;
Cohabiting with a person other than one’s spouse;
Using tobacco.

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