Let Sikh pupils wear ceremonial daggers, judge says Let Sikh pupils wear ceremonial daggers, judge says | World news | guardian.co.uk Britain's first Asian judge Sir Mota Singh says Sikhs should not be banned from wearing kirpans to school or work Britain's first Asian judge has called for Sikhs to be allowed to wear their ceremonial daggers to school. The comments by Sir Mota Singh QC, come after a number of cases of Sikhs being banned from wearing the daggers – known as kirpans – and other religious artefacts in schools or workplaces. "Not allowing someone who is baptised to wear a kirpan is not right," Singh told the BBC Asian Network. "I see no objection to a young Sikh girl or boy, who's been baptised, being allowed to wear their kirpan if that's what they want to do." In October last year a Sikh police officer won a discrimination case against Greater Manchester police after being told to remove his turban for riot training. In the same month a 14-year-old Sikh boy was banned from wearing his Kirpan – which under Sikhism is one of five "articles of faith" which must be carried at all times – to his school in Barnet, London. In 2006, schoolgirl Sarika Watkins-Singh won a high court judgment allowing her to wear the kara, a slim steel bracelet which she argued was central to her faith, to her school in south Wales. She had previously been excluded for breaking a "no jewellery" rule after refusing to remove the bangle. "The girl not allowed to wear the kara is a petty thing for the administrators to have done and it doesn't do them any good," Singh said. "It is the right of every young girl and boy to be educated at the school of their choice. For him or her to be refused admission on that sort of ground, as far as I'm concerned, is quite wrong." Singh, who was awarded a knighthood in the 2010 New Year honours list, said he wore a kirpan. "I've always worn it for the last 35 to 40 years, even when I was sitting in court or visiting public buildings, including Buckingham Palace." In addition to the kara and kirpan, the other articles of faith are kesh (uncut hair), kanga (a wooden comb used for keeping hair in place under the turban) and kachera (specially designed cotton underwear). The kirpan, which can range in length but is commonly 7.5cm (3in) long, is carried in a sheath and strapped to the body, usually under clothing.