Sikhs Feel Let Down by Government in Response to Bombing Backlash

September 12, 2005

Source: The Tribune

On September 12, 2005 The Tribune reported, "Sikhs feel 'let down' by British Government’s failure to tackle race crimes and discrimination, not just at home but elsewhere in Europe, the Sikh Federation said yesterday. In a statement at the start of the national Sikh convention in Wolverhampton, it urged London to use its turn at the rotating EU presidency to defend the Sikh identity in Europe.

It condemned a French law that bans wearing of 'conspicuous' religious insignia in state schools, such as headscarves worn by Muslim women and turbans worn by Sikh men. 'Also, increased security concerns since September 11 have unfairly affected Sikhs in many walks of life, from security-cleared airport workers to Sikh working in government buildings.'"