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Sikh student Asked to Remove Kirpan & Kada and Uncover her hair by school authorities, in Jammu

Sikh Progressive Front- SPF is deeply enraged over confrontational restrictions imposed by Heritage School Jammu, Police and Civil Administration of Rajouri /Bhaderwah on Five K's of Sikh Students. In a recent incident that occurred in Jammu on 04 April where one of the renowned Private School namely Heritage Public School Sainik Colony compelled the parents of the Amritdari Girl Sikh Child either to accept provocative and unreasonable restrictions imposed by the School administration on wearing Kirpan & Kada and also didn't allow the girl to cover her uncut hair with dupatta, or to get TC and admit her into another School. While addressing the press conference S Balvinder Singh President Sikh Progressive Front, S Manjit Singh Sr V President, S Rajinder Singh Sudan V President, S Surinder Singh Wazir Gen Secretary S Sharanjit Singh along with members of other Sikh organizations, Gurudwara Management Committee Sainik Colony strongly condemned the unconstitutional act of the Rajouri Police and Civil administration earlier too, for not allowing the Amritdari Sikh aspirants (both male and female) wearing Kirpan and Sikh Dress code including five Kakar's at DPS Public Schools Rajouri on 27th March and similar such incident which occurred at Bhaderwah where Sikh brother and sister from Doda were kept waiting outside Higher Secondary School Sirtingal for more than 15 minutes on the same issue. Balvinder Singh while narrating the whole episode said it is apparent that it is pre planned attack on the religious freedom of the Sikh community enshrined in Article 25 of the Indian Constitution otherwise how could it be possible that on the same day a similar incident occurred at Una District of Himachal Pardesh where also a Amritdhari Sikh aspirant for Sub Inspector Post, namely Balvinder Singh was not allowed to appear in the exams as he was wearing Kirpan and Kada & ultimately he left without appearing in the examination. All present there narrated glaring examples of hidden agenda of the present dispensation and an apparent conspiracy. SPF has termed these restrictions as unreasonable and arbitrary as wearing Five Kakars is an essential practice in Sikhism and is also guaranteed by the Indian Constitution. They have also shown strong resentment against the authoritative and unprofessional approach of the School administration. Singh said such incidents are of highly provocative nature & creates humiliation not only to the Sikh Students but also to the whole family & sikh society. SPF and all representatives of various Sikh organizations urged upon the LT Governor Manoj Sinha, Director General of Police S Dilbag Singh, Chief Secretary of JKUT & Principle Secretary School Education to take cognizance of all the above stated incidents, initiate proper inquiry and take action against Heritage Public School and other responsible officers at Rajouri & Bhaderwah at the earliest. The incident that happened earlier this month , of allegedly stopping an Amritdhari Sikh youth from entering a metro station in Delhi with his kirpan is also in violation of the Constitution of the country. Such frequently occurring incidents hurt the religious sentiments of Sikhs but unfortunately the governments are not taking exemplary action against the accused. The Indian constitution grants religious freedom to every citizen. But even then questions are being raised on the religious symbols of the Sikh faith. A large population of Sikhs resides in Delhi and the residents of the national capital have no doubt about the religious symbols of the Sikhs. This incident has been committed deliberately and strict action should be taken against the accused paramilitary official deputed at a metro station who forced him to take off his Kirpan to check its size. In the recent past, the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation’s Bureau of Civil Aviation Security had issued a notification barring the Amritdhari Sikh employees of airports from entering the domestic and international terminals with their kirpan but it was later withdrawn by the ministry after SGPC’s opposition

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