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World No Ban On Wearing Sikh Turbans In Public: France


1947-2014 (Archived)
Jun 17, 2004
No ban on wearing Sikh turbans in public: France
Jayanth Jacob,


Ahead of president Francois Hollande's visit to India on February 14 and 15, France has clarified that there is no ban on wearing the Sikh turbans in public. But displaying religious symbols - which include turban and the cross - have been banned in public schools, diplomatic sources said.

The Sikh organisations such as International Sikh Confederation have protested against the ban on turban and wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, urging him to take up the issue with the French president. The National Commission for Minorities (NCM) had also taken up the issue with the external affairs ministry.

The diplomatic sources said there were misunderstandings on the issue.

"There is no ban on wearing turban in public places such as streets. The diktat is that while being on the streets, no one should cover their faces. Turban doesn't fall under this category, the way burkha (veil) is," they explained.

But the sources said France has decided that there shouldn't be any display of religious symbols in public schools. "You cannot wear the cross as well."

"We have this policy in place for sometime now and French people are supportive of it. This is a policy in accordance with our secularism," sources said.On March 15, 2004, the then French President, Jacques Chirac, had brought an amendment to the French code of education that banned wearing clothing or symbols in state schools which "conspicuously exhibit a religious affiliation."

The French president will meet the Indian prime minister on February 14. Both sides are set to deepen their strategic ties, in which military, nuclear, space and counter-terrorism cooperation are vital. The French president will also visit Mumbai on February 15.
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1947-2014 (Archived)
Jun 17, 2004
Re: No Ban on Wearing Sikh Turbans in Pubic: France

The related story

Sikhs plan protests during French President visit
By Rohan Dua,

CHANDIGARH: Several thousand Sikhs from across India have announced to lead protests against the turban ban on Sikh students in France, threatening to jeopardize the Rs 90,0000 crore fighter plane deal the Union government will sign with the visiting French President Francois Hollande next week.

International Sikh Confederation, a leading Sikh representation, shot off a scathing missive to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on February 7, asking him to not allow further intolerance of the Sikh faith in France.

"The turban ban is a very sensitive issue and we are surprised that our government has not responded to it. Besides, both the governments have chosen to ignore our community's demand by adding fuel to fire and increasing defence and nuclear purchases from France. This is the right time to include our agenda with forceful discussion or face consequences," said the letter, a copy of which is with TOI.

Read full story at this link http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...ench-President-visit/articleshow/18439904.cms


May 10, 2010
Ancient Greece
What they are reporting in the article is not the law and it is such a shame that Manmohan Singh is not doing anything about it.
Really? Do you expect anything from Dr. Manmohan Singh?
I can't recall anything he has done for the Sikhs in the near past. He doesen't even speak when the Gurdwaras in Pakistan are being turned into animal stables (Source: http://www.chakranews.com/hindu-and-sikh-temples-targeted-in-pakistan/710), or when Gurdwara Gian Godri Sahib, Haridwar is wiped off the land records (Source:http://www.sikhchic.com/1984/sikhs_lay_claim_to_hardwar_gurdwara_destroyed_by_hindu_mobs_in_1984). The only thing I remember is him 'apologising'(huh?) for the '84 genocide, that too over 30 years after the dreaded pogrom.... :angryyoungsingh: