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AvarAllahNoor
01-23-2008, 11:56 PM
The case of a 14-year-old Sikh girl excluded from school for wearing a religious bangle will be heard in the High Court, it has been decided.
Sarika Singh has not attended school since being told she cannot wear her bracelet, known as a Kara.

Human rights group Liberty claims Aberdare Girls' School in Rhondda Cynon Taf school has breached race relations and human rights laws.

It is expected to put the matter before the High Court in the coming months.

Ann Fairclough, Liberty's legal officer who is representing the Singhs, said: "Nothing less than our traditions of religious freedom and racial tolerance are on trial in this case.

"Individuals from any religion who wish to modestly express their faith should not be denied a proper education as Ms Singh has."

Taught in isolation

Liberty claims the school is also breaching a 25-year-old Law Lords' decision allowing Sikhs to wear items such as turbans to school.

An interim hearing will be held in the next two weeks to decide whether Sarika, the only Sikh at her school, can return to classroom while the case is continuing.

She had been taught in isolation at the school for two months, and has been excluded since the beginning of November.

The school has banned students from wearing any jewellery other than plain ear studs and wristwatches.

Sarika has refused to remove the bangle and her family has said it is an important Sikh reminder to do good with the hands, and should not be regarded as jewellery.

Liberty claims the school is violating the Race Relations Act 1976, the Equality Act 2006 and the Human Rights Act 1998.

School governors previously rejected her request to wear the bangle after a "significant period of research" examining the uniform policy and human rights legislation in detail.

New guidelines published by the Welsh Assembly Government last week said school governors should take in religious views and consider whether their uniform policy interferes with the right to manifest a religion or belief.


Sikh protest inflames situation

WHAT they hell is happening?

Hundreds of Sikhs from all over the UK converge on our Welsh Assembly steps demanding we let a Welsh schoolgirl wear a Kara bangle to school.

From the outset let me state I am far from a racist, but this family seem to have made it a race issue.

If not, why would Sikhs from all over Britain arrange to gather in one place at one time to take part in a public protest?

Do they all think this is helping solve the problem? I think not.

I feel this is all a bit one-sided.

The school in question has its rules and guidelines. The board of governors take their advice from Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s wonderful team of governor support officers.

And they in turn take advice from senior officers of the Local Education Authority.

So what has this “Sikh stand-off” on the steps of the Welsh Assembly set out to prove?

Perhaps now boards of governors from all over Wales should do the same and gather on the steps of the Assembly to show their unity?

As the saying goes, all’s fair in love and war.


http://icwales.icnetwork.co.uk/news/...1466-20378697/

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_east/7205144.stm
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snakelegs
01-24-2008, 12:07 AM
i hope she wins. the kara is an extremely plain bracelet - and it is not jewelry except to an idiot.
but then, this guy wonders why sikhs were protesting. :uuh:
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AvarAllahNoor
01-24-2008, 12:13 AM
Originally Posted by snakelegs
I hope she wins. the kara is an extremely plain bracelet - and it is not jewelry except to an idiot.

But then, this guy wonders why sikhs were protesting. :uuh:
Yeah lack of knowledge.

It does no harm to anyone. It's just to remind us Sikhs of not to commit sins. (stealing, smoking, drinking , drugs etc)
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Roasted Cashew
01-25-2008, 12:37 AM
Hey, are you the only Sikh around? I also heard France banned Turbans. First, headscarves, now Turbans. Heard Sikhs in India protested. Any updates?
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AvarAllahNoor
01-25-2008, 12:50 AM
Originally Posted by hmmm5
Hey, are you the only Sikh around? I also heard France banned Turbans. First, headscarves, now Turbans. Heard Sikhs in India protested. Any updates?
Other Sikhs appear when anybody attacks the Sikh religion in other threads (see threads) I too pounce then. Until then here to educate and learn.

Not sure yet of the outcome, but it's on-going.
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