A Sikh children’s group was denied entry into a Staffordshire-based Drayton Manor Theme Park in the UK after an elder accompanying them refused to remove the kirpan, an article of faith for the Sikhs, prompting accusations of religious discrimination.
The families’ case has been picked up by the Sikh Press Association, which is seeking discussions with Drayton Manor to resolve the issue.
A spokeswoman for the attraction said, the Drayton Manor Park is a family run business which operates within a multi- cultural society enriched with different creeds and beliefs and its staff welcome and embrace this. Kirpans have not been allowed to be worn in the park for a number of years as they pose a health and safety risk to members of the public.”
“To this end, Drayton Manor Park offers an alternative to the Sikh Community which has been acceptable — a necklace worn next to their skin in exchange for the kirpan, which is handed over for safe keeping for the duration of their visit,” she said.
“It is regrettable that a group of Sikh visitors who came to the park on Friday 2nd June declined to take up the offer of the alternative to their kirpans and they were therefore denied access to the park,” she added.
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