MP Calls for Action over Bangle Row; Sikhs' 'Right to Symbol of Faith'

South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales), February 26, 2008 | Go to article overview

MP Calls for Action over Bangle Row; Sikhs' 'Right to Symbol of Faith'


Byline: Echo Reporter

A LABOUR MP in London has demanded Government action to ensurea Sikh metal wrist bangle can be worn in all schools after a South Wales pupil was ordered to remove hers.

Virendra Sharma said the ban imposed on Sarika Watkins-Singh, 14, by her school in Aberdare, was a "flagrant disregard for her freedom of religious conscience".

And in a Commons motion tabled yesterday he said guidance should be issued to headteachers across England and Wales to ensure it was not repeated.

The pupil is set to fight the decision of Aberdare Girls School to include the metal Kara bangle under its "no jewellery" policy in the courts.

The High Court ruled earlier this month that she could not wear it to school pending a full legal battle over her cultural and religious rights.

Mr Sharma said it was a misunderstanding to view the Kara as a piece of jewellery and pointed out that it was worn by the many Sikh pupils in his Ealing Southall constituency in London. …

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