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Husband And Wife Jailed For Attacking Sikh Taxi Driver And Ripping Off His Turban


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A HUSBAND and wife have been jailed for nine months for a racially motivated attack which saw a turban ripped from the head of a Darwin taxi driver.

Mother Angeline Kim Sollitt, 44, and Michael John Arbouin, 40, were sent behind bars for the "unprovoked" and "malicious" attack against Sikh taxi driver Jagroop Singh.

In sentencing the pair, Justice Stephen Southwood said: "The turban is the crowning glory of the Sikhs. For Sikhs, the head and the turban are sacred - they must not be touched or insulted in any way.

"The concept of Sikhism includes universal acceptance of all humanity, belief in one God and the equality of all persons irrespective of their caste, colour, gender, nationality and religion."

Sollitt started racially abusing Mr Singh after he picked her and four other people up from the Dinah Beach Yacht Club, in Tipperary Waters, Darwin, in October last year.


Mr Singh kept driving but pulled over on Tiger Brennan Drive to kick them out of his cab when the abuse did not stop. Sollitt got out and yelled, "grab his turban, rip it off", before she ran to Mr Singh and tried to remove it.

She eventually ripped it from his head, leaving his hair dishevelled.

The court was told that Mr Singh called for help over his radio before Arbouin pulled him backwards and threw him to the ground.

Sollitt then punched him in the face.

Arbouin told him: "You see what happens with your turban? Now I'm going to rip your hair off."

Police arrived and diffused the situation.

The court heard that Mr Singh was so ashamed following the attack that he cut his young son's hair and told him not to wear a turban.

Mr Singh previously told the NT News that: "The turban is a symbol of faith. I only care that these people insulted my religion."

Justice Southwood imposed head sentences of one year and nine months for both offenders.

So now even woman can attack sikhs and rip their turban . the super martial khalsa all can do is call police ,can't even show any resistance.

Edited by kdsingh80
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Is there an argument for not wearing a dastaar if you aren't capable or willing to fight for it?

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