Sikh Couple to Open School in France

January 28, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Times of India

For Gurdial Singh and his wife Surjeet Kaur, a Sikh couple from France, life was wonderful in their adopted country till the French government decided to ban the wearing of turbans in schools. That was in 2004, and the Sikh couple from Bobigny near Paris was forced to withdraw their 14-year-old son Jasbir Singh from the Louis Mission School. Since then, the couple and others from their community have been fighting for lifting the ban, something that ‘does not go well with French ethos and values’. They are part of United Sikhs, an organisation mobilizing public opinion on the issue. Singh and his wife were here to take up the matter with visiting French president Nicolas Sarkozy through Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and external affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee.