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A Reddit user posted a photo online of a Sikh woman with facial hair earlier this week with the caption “I’m not sure what to conclude of this.” Apparently, he did not understand why Balpreet Kaur and other Sikh women do not alter their bodies, no matter how unfashionable they are.
Kaur eventually heard about the photo and joined the online discussion, explaining why baptized Sikh woman “do not reject their bodies.”
She wrote, “Yes, I realize that my gender is often confused and I look different than most women. However, baptized Sikhs believe in the sacredness of this body – it is a gift that has been given to us by the Divine Being [which is genderless, actually] and, must keep it intact as a submission to the divine will.”
The user who posted the photo, whose handle is “european_douchebag,” posted an apology saying, “Put simply it was stupid. Making fun of people is funny to some but incredibly degrading to the people you're making fun of. It was an incredibly rude, judgmental, and ignorant thing to post.”
As of Thursday morning, the post had more than 1,200 comments on Reddit.