Dr. Harshinder Kaur Threatened and Dismissed

Date: 09 Aug 2009


Dr. Harshinder Kaur      
Dr. Gurmit Singh Aulakh     
Friday, 07 August 2009  
Dr. Harshinder Kaur Threatened and Dismissed

From Service for Speaking About Female Infanticide

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 6, 2009? Dr. Harshinder Kaur, a physician from Punjab, presented a paper to the United Nations Interfaith Conference in Geneva recently about female infanticide.  For speaking out, she was threatened with ?the consequences of speaking against India? right in front of the Conference chairman, Dr. Charles Graves.   Dr. Kaur was transferred from the hospital at Patiala to one in Chandigarh, requiring an 80-mile commute every day to do her job, then she was dismissed.  Her husband, also a doctor, was also transferred.

?This is a shameful example of Indian democracy at work,? said Dr. Gurmit Singh Aulakh, President of the Council of Khalistan.  ?It shows that when you exercise your right to speak out, you will be punished in the world?s largest democracy.?  Dr. Aulakh said that ?it is shameful that Chief Minister Badal?s government threatened and punished these good Sikh doctors simply for speaking out.?  He noted that female infanticide is rampant even though it is prohibited by the Sikh religion.  ?For simply speaking out in defense of our young females, Dr. Kaur has been treated to the wrath and abuse of the government,? Dr. Aulakh said.  ?Badal is so corrupt that he spent 200 crore (2 billion) rupees just on the election of a single Member of Parliament (his daughter-in-law) while people in Punjab go hungry and the farmers in Punjab are forced to buy supplies at high prices and sell their crops at below market rates,? Dr. Aulakh said.  ?He has amassed this wealth by taking bribes from the people of Punjab, commonly known as ?fee for service.??

Khalistan is the independent Sikh state that declared its independence from India on October7, 1987. At that time, the Panthic Committee formed the Council of Khalistan and designated it to lead the struggle for independence, naming Dr. Aulakh as its President.  The Council of Khalistan, which serves as the government pro tempore of Khalistan, is committed to achieving Khalistan?s independence by peaceful, nonviolent, democratic means.

India is not a single country, but an amalgamation of many nations under a single rule.  History shows that such countries are destined to fall apart.  India has stationed half a million troops in Punjab to repress the Sikh Nation?s struggle for freedom and 700,000 troops in Kashmir.

The Indian government has murdered over 250,000 Sikhs since 1984, more than 300,000 Christians since 1948, almost 100,000 Muslims in Kashmir since 1988, and tens of thousands of Tamils, Assamese, Manipuris, Dalits, and others.  The Indian Supreme Court called the Indian government's murders of Sikhs  worse than a genocide.

According to a report by the Movement Against State Repression (MASR), 52,268 Sikhs are being held as political prisoners in India without charge or trial.  Some have been in illegal custody since 1984   ?This shows that for Sikhs and other minorities, there is no democracy, no freedom of speech,? said Dr. Aulakh.

?As Professor Darshan Singh, a former Jathedar of the Akal Takht, said, ?If a Sikh is not a Khalistani, he is not a Sikh?,? Dr. Aulakh noted.  ?We must continue to pray for and work for our God-given birthright of freedom,? he said.  ?Without political power, religions cannot flourish, repression continues, and nations perish.?