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Ensuring Freedom of Sikhs to practice our Faith
May 24, 2006
 

There have been numerous cases of Sikhs in France feeling 'pressured' to give up their faith to 'fit' in with Social norms. One such example is that of eight year old Harjeet Singh (pictured) and his father who both were 'pressured'....

From SikhSangat.org

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Ensuring Freedom of Sikhs to practice our Faith
By SSNews
May 24, 2006 , 18:20

There have been numerous cases of Sikhs in France feeling 'pressured' to give up their faith to 'fit' in with Social norms. One such example is that of eight year old Harjeet Singh (pictured) and his father who both were 'pressured' by the principal of the elementary school that the child attended. The principal stated the boy would have to remove his 'Rumaal' (head-covering) and “make an "effort social" to cut his hair to facilitate the integration into French society of the young boy, who had just arrived from Panjab.”

Even after UNITED SIKHS got involved and explained to the principal that the schoolboy had a legal right to wear the 'Rumaal' as it was not one of the banned "ostensible religious signs" the principal refused to admit the child. After UNITED SIKHS pursued the case District Education Inspector of Seine St Denis, Mr Delaubier intervened to ensure Harjeet Singh would be admitted into school.

UNITED SIKHS in France are ensuring that Sikhs continue to have basic freedoms to practice their faith. The Sikh Federation (UK) is organizing a "Sikh Freedom Lobby" in Brussels on Wednesday 31 May 2006 from 12pm .  In the Sikh Freedom Lobby one of the freedom issues is the freedom of Sikhs in Europe to practice their faith. They have recognised that while Sikhs in France are experiencing major problems with religious freedoms; similar problems exist for school children in Belgium and difficulties have also occurred in Germany . The right to wear the Kirpan is facing increasing challenge in many countries throughout Europe and is likely to become more problematic due to security considerations. The "Sikh Freedom Lobby" is an ideal opportunity for Sikhs from across Europe to unite and demonstrate our opposition to all restrictions on our articles of faith.

Sikhs across  USA are encouraged to consider doing something similar in Washington DC as being done in Brussels . Sikhs in India , Australia and  New Zealand are urged to follow suit in the steps of the Sikh Federation and speak up to pre-empt laws restricting religious freedoms of Sikhs such as those in France from being adopted by other countries.

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