Australian Panel's Nod to Kirpans in School Sparks Debate

June 11, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Times of India

SYDNEY: A multicultural commission's view that Sikh schoolchildren have the right to carry the ‘kirpan’ - the dagger that is among the five items of faith that Sikhs are supposed to wear - has sparked off an intense debate in the Australian state of Victoria.

Responding to demands from some Sikh families that their children be allowed to wear the ‘kirpan’ to school, the Victorian Multicultural Commission's said the students should have the right to do so.