Sikh Children Win Battle to Stay Together
Byline: CHRIS MACKAY
A SIKH girl of 14 and her ten-year-old brother have won an international custody battle to stay together in Scotland.
Gurwinder Singh and her brother Jothan said they enjoyed a freer lifestyle here and did not want to return to Canada and the traditional restrictions of a Sikh upbringing there.
Jothan also said he wanted to stay because did not encounter any racism in Scotland compared to Canada.
Three appeal judges at the Court of Session in Edinburgh overturned a ruling by Lord Macfadyen in April that the two should be separated and Jothan returned to Canada.
He had said Gurwinder could stay with her mother Sudesh Singh, who now lives in Linlithgow, West Lothian.
Earlier Gurwinder had claimed her life with her father Avtar Singh in Ontario would be 'isolated'.
She had said she was not allowed friends outwith school there and worked long hours in her father's shop, but in Scotland she enjoyed a wider social life and greater freedom. …