MANJINDER SINGH SIRSA URGES PM TO TAKE UP ISSUE OF BAN ON TURBAN AND OTHER RELIGIOUS SYMBOLS WITH FRENCH PRESIDENT
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The Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee (DSGMC) General Secretary Mr. Manjinder Singh Sirsa has urged Prime Minister Mr. Narinder Modi to take up issue of ban on Turban and other sikh religious symbols in France with the French President who has come on a four day visit of the country.
In a letter written to Prime Minister Mr. Sirsa said that earlier too he had apprised him that Sikh children are being forced to remove their Turban (Dastaar) and other sikh religious items which are called Kakkars in the schools of France but now a new problem has erupted that French government has made it mandatory that no official identity card will be prepared unless Turban is taken off. He said that in such circumstances Sikhs are being forced to remove their Turbans for getting their pictures clicked for getting any official Identity Card. He said that not only this but no job is given to sikh who wears Turban in France.
He also disclosed the Union Cabinet Minister Mrs. Harsimrat Kaur Badal and he himself had also taken up this issue with the French Embassy in Delhi sometime ago and had urged to resolve the matter at the earliest.
He said that due to these prohibitory orders of the French government there is strong unrest in the Sikh community. He said that wearing these items is not a fashion for the sikh community but they are duty bound to follow the teachings of the Sikh Guru Sahib in this matter. He also said that Sikhs worldwide follow the guidelines framed by the Sikh Gurus for the community.