Urging Union External Affairs minister Sushma Sawarj to set up a separate cell in her ministry comprising senior government officials and representatives of Sikh community to deal with racial discrimination abroad, Manjinder Singh Sirsa, advisor to government of Punjab and general secretary Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee said this will put to an end to ongoing racial discrimination of members of community abroad.
Upset over a report carried in Fridays, newspapers that Sikhs bearing their religious symbol ” Kirpan” were denied entry in a departmental store by its staff in Toronto ,Canada, Sirsa said that they were point blank told not enter the store with “ Kirpan” which amounted to gross racial discrimination. He said that according to reports, Harpal Singh Giri ,who had been in Canada for the last 16 years, said that he had never faced such a situation in the past.
Sirsa said that carrying of Kirpan by SIKH is a religious symbol and a part of the Community’s dress code which has been allowed under Article 25 of the Constitution of India where it is stated in no uncertain terms that the wearing and carrying of Kirpan shall be deemed to be included in the profession of SIKH Religion and the government of India must ensure that this right of the community is protected.
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