London University Expels Sikh Student from Class for Wearing Kirpan

October 9, 2005

Source: The Panthic Weekly

On October 9, 2005 The Panthic Weekly reported, "Amandeep Kaur, a student at a Thames Valley University, West London, this week was told to leave her lecture because she was wearing a Kirpan. Amandeep who is starting her second year of studies at the University was told that some members had expressed concern over the Kirpan. Amandeep Kaur has worn the Kirpan to University the previous year as well with no problems. Amandeep Kaur then went to see the Dean and to her shock she was told, 'It’s a knife and is illegal'... Amandeep [said], 'I smiled and said, "Sir, it’s a kirpan, a symbol of my faith and I can not remove it ever."' The dean replied, 'I have no knowledge of Sikhs, and will talk to the health and safety at the university'... British Law recognises the Kirpan as a symbol of the Sikh faith and therefore allows initiated Sikhs to have it in [their] position legally."