FRENCH SCHOOLS STOP TURBAN-WEARING SIKHS FROM ENTERING SCHOOL

Paris, France 4th Sep– Fulfilling his commitment to wear his Turban to school, 14-year-old Jasvir Singh marched to school day before yesterday to purchase his textbooks for the school year.  However, instead of worrying about the cost of textbooks and school supplies, Jasvir Singh was unceremoniously turned away at the school’s gate.  Other Sikh students may face the same fate as they attempt to enter their schools wearing their Turbans, an article of faith of the Sikh religion that is not to be compromised by any Sikh.  The Inspector of Academy, which presides over Jasvir Singh’s school, stated that he would meet with the schools, which are resisting the wearing of Turbans to convince them to allow the Turban. more...


 

SIKHS TO DEFY FRENCH HEADSCARF BAN
RASHMEE Z AHMED

TIMES NEWS NETWORK[ THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 02, 2004 07:18:52 AM ]
LONDON: At least 30 Sikh children in Paris and its suburbs are to keep their turbans on as they enter their school gates on Thursday in a showdown between the global Sikh community's right-to-turban campaign and a controversial French law. more...


Attack on Sikh Man Condemned as Hate Crime

New York, NY, July 13, 2004... The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) condemned the July 11 attack on a Sikh man by a group of men in Queens as a deplorable hate crime. more...

Queens, NY – UNITED SIKHS is currently investigating an alleged bias crime that occurred in Queens (Richmond Hill), NY. The victim, 54 year old Rajinder Singh Khalsa, was walking to the Tandoori Express Restaurant with his cousin when a group of Caucasian males in their 20s began to harass and taunt the two Sikhs, using references to September 11th and aimed derogatory remarks towards their turbans, a required article of faith for a Sikh. more...


Sikhs denied permission to carry swords in the "Parliament of World’s Religion”

July 7th, 2004, BARCELONA, SPAIN: Council for Parliament of World’s Religion (CPWR) is hosting “Parliament of World’s Religion” (PWR) in Barcelona from July 7th to July 13th. Different religions and cultural groups are participating for inter-religious dialogues. Sikhs from various parts of the world have come to Barcelona to exchange ideas on the issues of peace. It was disappointing for the Amritdhari (Baptised) Sikhs on the opening day of the Forum when they were denied entry into the main building because they were carrying their swords “Kirpan”. more...                                                                                                                 


                                                      

French Sikhs seek Panthic support on turban issue

4 July 2004, Amritsar-As reported in the Tribune "The Franco-Sikh and United Sikh organisations, both associations of the French Sikhs, have welcomed the initiative taken by the Sikh Nation Organisation and its chairperson, Dr Manjit Singh Randhawa. In a message faxed to the Tribune office today from France, the Sikhs there stated that time and again they had to face the ire of the French Government against the use of turban." more...


UN takes up the French Turban issue

2 July 2004, Amritsar-In a significant development, the United Nations has taken up the issue of banning turban by the Government of France, imposed on schoolchildren by enacting the school scarf ban law. The issue was reported to the United Nation by the Sikh Nation Organisation (SNO), led by Dr Manjit Singh Randhawa. more..

 


About Sikhs
Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji founded the Sikh religion in the fifteenth century as an attempt to reconcile the Hindu and Islamic religions. Guru Nanak was a revolutionary in those times- his teachings that women and men were equal, that caste was unimportant, and that there are many paths to God- were ahead of their time.. more
 

 



French Muslims allowed bandannas

The French government is not ruling out bandannas as discreet forms of headwear for Muslim students, the country's education minister has said.

Francois Fillon told local Europe1 radio station there was no need to ban bandannas as long as they were "not ostentatious".


Muslims say it is their human right to wear the headscarf
A Muslim leader called this week for the law to be applied "flexibly".
Lhaj Thami Breze, president of the Union of French Islamic Organisations (UOIF), suggested girls learn how to use bandannas as "discreet headwear".
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