Sikhs Say They May Leave Country if Religious Symbols Ban Passes

January 23, 2004

Source: The Guardian,11882,1129288,00.html

On January 23, 2004 The Guardian reported, "Last month, France barely knew its Sikh community existed. Next month, it may not exist: Sikhs have said they may leave if they are forced, under a planned ban on religious symbols in state institutions, to remove their turbans. 'We cannot take them off,' said Jasdev Singh Rai, a negotiator sent by the Golden Temple in Amritsar, the Sikhs' holiest shrine, to do battle with Paris officials. Many Sikhs may rather go than 'live among intolerant people', he said."