Kirpan Case Goes to Supreme Court

October 7, 2004

Source: CBC

On October 7, 2004 CBC reported, " Gurbaj Singh Multani's right to wear a kirpan to school is going to the Supreme Court of Canada. The Quebec Court of Appeal ruled earlier this year that Multani's religious rights had to give way to school safety. The case dates back three years when Multani was in grade seven at l'Ecole Sainte-Catherine-Laboure. Multani is an orthodox Sikh and his religion requires him to wear a ceremonial dagger, the kirpan. While he was in the schoolyard, Multani's kirpan fell to the ground. Authorities saw the 20-cm knife and told him to leave it at home if he wanted to return to school the following day."