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Pacific Cossie club votes to keep ban on turbans

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    A Cosmopolitan Club embroiled in controversy after barring a turban-wearing community leader from its premises has voted not to change its entry rules about headwear.


    The Manurewa Cosmopolitan Club's annual general meeting yesterday voted to keep the club's headwear policy - which bans entry to all people with headgear, including those wearing it for religious reasons.



    The
    Herald understands from club members at the meeting that the rules were relaxed to allow headgear that is worn for "health reasons", such as a bandage or a bandanna used by a cancer patient.


    Club manager Patricia Rangi did not want to comment yesterday, but said through a spokesman that the club would issue a statement today.



    The Manurewa Cosmopolitan Club, in Manukau City, faced strong criticism from the Sikh community last year after it banned leader Karnail Singh from entering to attend a function held in his honour.



    The matter was taken to the Human Rights Commission in January, and the parties agreed at mediation that, depending on the outcome of yesterday's meeting, the issue could go back to the commission.




    It was the second time in two years that the club had been taken to the commission.



    The first time was after it banned a Muslim international student because she was wearing a headscarf.



    Despite the club's agreeing at the first mediation to review its head-dress policy, it decided at that time not to make any changes.



    Yesterday, the chairman of the Sikh Centre, Verpal Singh, said he had not heard from the club but would be "absolutely disappointed" if it continued to ban guests wearing religious and cultural headgear.



    "We will not let the matter rest because the original understanding was that if the AGM couldn't resolve it, then we will go back to Human Rights [Commission] and also consider all the options that are open to us."



    Verpal Singh said his group was seeking legal advice for a possible class action against the club.



    "The decision to ban religious headwear doesn't just affect the Sikhs.

    "It also affects other religious groups and even the wider community, because it would be denying people their right to take certain guests to the club," he said.


    A Cosmopolitan Club member, who did not want to be named, said the general feeling of members at yesterday's meeting was that it should not bend its rules for anybody.



    "Many felt that once you change the rules to let in people who wear turbans, then the next thing you know is that we will also have to let people wear hoodies and balaclavas into the premises."


    Cossie club votes to keep ban on turbans - Religion and Beliefs - NZ Herald News
     

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    Pardon my ignorance but I am a bit confused by this. How can they honour a Sikh in the club that bans headgear?
     
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    I think that it went down like this. There was some kind of grace period and the board of directors reviewed the matter more than once. Then this story is the coverage of the final decision. I came to this conclusion because Verpal Singh and his associates are now seeking legal action, or thinking about it. Prior to that this sentence, "Despite the club's agreeing at the first mediation to review its head-dress policy, it decided at that time not to make any changes."
     
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    Update on the news

    Sikhs outraged as Kiwi club refuses to lift turban ban


    Auckland, June 14(ANI): The dispute between the New Zealand-Sikh community and an Auckland club seems to be far from being resolved, as the club has decided to maintain a ban on wearing 'turbans' in its bar.


    The Manurewa Cosmopolitan Club held a poll during its annual meeting on Sunday, in which about 75 percent members said that they wanted to maintain its policy forbidding the headwear.

    The vote was held after Karnail Singh was barred from entering the club in November last year for not removing his turban.

    Patricia Rangi said that there was a long discussion on the issue, but refused to reveal the details.

    The Sikh Council of New Zealand Secretary, Verpal Singh said that he was surprised at how many people voted against the motion.

    He also said that the council was considering using the Human Rights Review Tribunal, though it was waiting for written confirmation of the proceedings.

    "We are disappointed that the decision didn't go in our favour. Something that was surprising to us was that of 300 people that voted, there were over 200 who voted against it," Stuff.co.nz quoted Verpal, as saying.

    "It's a bit of a wake up call to our community that we have a job to communicate to wider New Zealand society about the importance of the turban to us," he added.

    Verpal further said that the turban is one of the Sikh religion's principal parts of faith, and asking people to remove it "is like asking someone to strip down in public".

    Meanwhile, the New Zealand Human Rights Commission (HRC) has said that it is willing to help and resolve the differences.

    The HRC had acted as a mediator shortly after Karnail was first barred.

    HRC spokeswoman Kat Ryan said it would be in touch with both parties to see if it could assist any further now that the club had decided not to change its rules.

    "If either one of the parties are not satisfied they can apply to the director of the of Human Rights proceedings. If it is accepted by the director it can the taken before the Human Rights Review Tribunal," Ryan said. (ANI)

    Sikhs outraged as Kiwi club refuses to lift turban ban - Oneindia News
     
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