Quebec Rules Against Sikh Student Wearing Kirpan in School

March 5, 2004

Source: CBC News

On March 5, 2004 the CBC News reported, "Security concerns are more important than a Sikh student's right to wear a ceremonial dagger to school, the Quebec Court of Appeal ruled on Thursday. The ruling overturned a lower court judgment, which had affirmed the right of Gurbaj Singh Multani to wear his kirpan at l'Ecole Sainte-Catherine-Laboure. The Quebec government, the Marguerite-Bourgeoys school board and the school's administration had all argued against allowing the boy to wear the kirpan to class. Multani's lawyer said by equating it with a weapon, the ruling betrays ignorance of the kirpan's significance as a religious symbol. Julius Grey said he would appeal the decision to the Supreme Court of Canada."