Update: Sikh Playwright Breaks Silence, Defends Herself

January 13, 2005

Source: BBC News


On January 13, 2005 the BBC News reported, "A British writer forced into hiding after violent protests by Sikhs led to the cancellation of her play has broken her silence and defended her work.

Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti has received death threats over her play Behzti, depicting rape and murder in a Sikh temple.

Ms Bhatti said parts of the show had been taken out of context, and added: 'I wholeheartedly stand by my work'... Ms Bhatti said she had not intended to offend, and that she felt the play was "respectful" to Sikhism.

'I am proud to come from this remarkable people and do not fear the disdain of some, because I know my work is rooted in honesty and passion,' she said...'Unfortunately the contents of Behzti seem to have been taken out of context by many. Surely it is only by reading or seeing the whole thing that anyone can usefully comment on the decisions made and the play's merits or flaws?'"