Christian School Forbids Sikh Students from Wearing Bracelet

August 12, 2006

Source: Punjab Newsline Network

On August 12, 2006 Punjab Newsline Network reported, "A day after principal of a christian school here tenderes apology from Sikh community for not allowing students to wear turban, another christian school of Hoshiarpur district has quoted another controversy over instructions to Sikh students by the principal not to wear the religious symbol 'kara' (bangle). The matter regarding Mount Carmel High School, Bhunga in the district was raised by Parminder Singh Pannu, General secretary of district unit of Shiromani Akali Dal (B) and uncle of kindergarten student Jasraj Singh, before local MLA Balbir Singh Miani Saturday even as no written complaint was registered against the school authorities. Pannu alleged that the school principal had instructed students during the morning prayer to remove the 'kara' while coming to school. Pritam Singh SDM, Hoshiarpur, said that though Miani had informed him about the incident, he had not received any written complaint in this regard as yet and that suitable action would be taken accordingly. However, the school principal claimed that she had to pass the order as some Sikh students used to make mischief by rubbing the metal 'kara' on floor and when it became hot, touching it on the faces of fellow students causing them inconvenience."