School to make turban compulsory for plus two students
Mail News Service
Jamshedpur, April 10 : A day after a Sikh student of Kerala Samajam Model School ( KSMS) was denied entry at the campus for wearing turban, a delegation of Central GurudwaraPrabandhak Committee ( CGPC), apex body of Sikhs in the city and All India Sikh Students Federation met the school management and registered its protest against the move.
The delegation met K P G Nair, Chairman, Kerala Samajam and other senior functionaries to voice their concern. During the meeting at the school campus, the management agreed to make turban turban compulsory for the Sikh students from class 11 to 12 only. At present the students were only allowed to wear ‘patka’ ( small turban).
CGPC president Gurmukh Singh Mukhe said that the Sikh boys are expected to tie and wear the turban by the time they reach adolescence. “The turban is the Sikh identity, it is a sign of our self-respect, our pride. We were upset to know that the school denied the entry of student wearing turban. However during the meeting it was decided that the school will make turbans compulsory for Sikh students from class 11 to 12,” he informed.
Nair said that they respect the Sikh identity and it was only for the safety of the turbans that they did not allow students to wear at campus. However, we will make it compulsory for the plus two students since they are grown up and can handle them wisely.
All India Sikh Students Federation president Satnam Singh Gambhir said that the meeting was positive as the school management agreed to allow students of plus two to wear turban. Moreover, the school management also promised that they will raise the issue with Jharkhand Unaided Private English Medium Schools Association and the decision will be implemented in all the schools of the city.
” Sikh community should never be religiously discriminated in this manner in their own country. We have right to faith and worship which were protected by Article 25 of the Constitution,” said Gambhir.
Sikh scholar who raised the issue yesterday, Bhai Gurpratap Singh, welcomed the move. He said that the world comprises of many cultures and its long-term balance depends on the survival of all of them. Turban is a crucial component of our culture and the Sikhs have right to wear it.