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Charges dropped against Sikh student in USA
Dec 05, 2005
 

Mr Sukhpreet Singh, a student of Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan (USA), managed to get a reprieve for wearing kirpan in the university campus

Amritsar, December 5
Mr Sukhpreet Singh, a student of Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan (USA), managed to get a reprieve for wearing kirpan in the university campus.

Sukhpreet was arrested on August 24 this year after the police officers asked him to either remove his kirpan or face arrest. He tried to explain to the officers that the kirpan was a mandatory article of Sikh faith and he could not remove it. But Detroit police arrested him and pressed charges for violating the Knife Ordinance Code. Later, he was released on bond, without his kirpan.

The United Sikhs, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan , and Attorney Mike Gibbs successfully persuaded Detroit prosecutor to drop charges against Sukhpreet Singh.

Mr Harpreet Singh, Legal Director of United Sikhs, in an e-mail to ‘The Tribune’ from Detroit revealed that the city of Detroit has acted in a reasonable manner by dropping the case realising that Sikh Americans should not be denied their constitutional right to freely practice their religion. He added that they would continue to work in stages with the Wayne State University , the Wayne County and the State of Michigan to establish the practice for dealing with Sikhs wearing a kirpan.


Article by Courtesy of http://www.tribuneindia.com
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