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French Sikh Forced to Remove Turban

Paris- On January 22, a 50 year old Sikh man was forced to enter a government building in Paris bare-headed after security guards refused to let him wear his Turban inside the building.

Jagmohan Singh from Bobigny, a suburb of Paris, had gone to the Creama Perfecture in La Chapelle to extend his temporary residence permit with his family today when security officers refused to return his Turban, after they had forced him to remove it.

“This has never happenend to me before. I have been to this perfecture every three months since I arrived in France a year ago,†said Mr. Singh. “I was first asked to remove my turban, which I did reluctantly, accepting that they needed to do a search for security reasons,†he said.

Mr Singh was then asked to enter the building without his turban.

“The security officer held on to my turban and refused to let me have it back,â€

After the incident, Mr Singh contacted United Sikhs to tell them of his experience. United Sikhs, a global human development organization who launched a world-wide petition drive in the wake of French President Jacques Chirac's call for a ban on religious symbols in schools and public workplaces.

Mr Singh who was accompanied by his wife and two young children said his treatment was “shocking and humiliatingâ€.

“It was a horrendous experience. I felt dishonoured and naked and had to walk inside the building with the Turban in my hands. I put it on when the security officers were no longer within view.†he said.

“The security officers also made my wife and children bare their heads during the security checks but took no notice when they proceeded inside the building with their heads covered,†Mr Singh said.

Mr Singh’s 17 year old son was wearing a headcovering calld a “patka†and his wife wore a scarf.

Mr Singh who who has not lodged a complaint, said that the security officers were saying “it is the law.â€

“I don’t speak much French as I have only been here for a year. But I have never been made to feel like a spectacle by anyone in France before. I think all this publicity about the proposed law is causing overzealous officers to act even before the law is passed,†he said.

Mejindarpal Kaur, Director for United Sikhs, told Voices News Network (VNN) that she received a call from Paris yesterday from Jagmohan Singh who recounted his experience on the telephone.

Mr Gurdial Singh, who has lived in France for 24 years said this is the first time he has heard of a Sikh being asked to remove his Turban in France .

“ This incident is regrettable. This proposed law is for public schools but before it is passed, it has started to divide the people and cause resentment,†Gurdial Singh told Mejindarpal Kaur in a telephone interview.

Mr Gurdial Singh is amongst the members of the French Sikh community who have launched a campaign to appeal to the government to allow Sikhs to wear Turbans.

“This law is going to divide us . It will not forge assimilation as this incident shows.†He added.

Sikhs in France will be holding a march in Paris on 31st January to rally public support for their appeal.

The French Sikh community felt reassured when they read press reports yesterday that French Education Minister Luc Ferry said that he will find a solution for the Sikhs to wear the Turban.

The French government proposes to table the bill in parliament next month and implement it by the start of the next school year in September.

kilde: sikhnet

HOw far can these ppl go??!!!

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Also a Sikh demonstration against the law!

BBC:

Hundreds of British Sikhs will take to the streets here on Saturday, alongside Muslims and Jews, in Europe's first inter-faith public campaign against a controversial French law. in Paris

The law, which will be put to the French Parliament next month and take effect later this year, makes it illegal to wear Sikh turbans, Muslim hijabs or Jewish yarmulkes to school. Outsize crucifixes are a no-no as well.

The Sikhs, just 7,000 and counting in France, are the smallest minority affected by the proposed ban, but their Europe-wide campaign has been the loudest.

Many say it points to a growing assertiveness within a largely peaceful, prosperous and increasingly politically conscious community , which inaugurated Europe's very own Golden Temple in the heart of west London just last year.

Till recently, rally organiser Mejinderpal Kaur told TNN, France did not seem even to know it had Sikhs living there.

Hectic political lobbying across Europe is being spearheaded by the Sikh Federation (UK), Britain's first Sikh political party, which openly espouses Khalistani sentiments. Saturday's rally is to be addressed by the party's Dabinderjit Singh.

Kaur, a barrister whose United Sikhs Organisation will meet the French ambassadors in London and Washington on Monday, said the inter-faith campaign has a deeply moving background.

Sikh soldiers of the 15th regiment in Marseilles who fought in France during WW I.. more then 10.000 sikhs lost their lives after the british rulers pulled them out of india to defend the europeans against germany.

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The Sikhs, just 7,000 and counting in France, are the smallest minority affected by the proposed ban, but their Europe-wide campaign has been the loudest.

Sikh soldiers of the 15th regiment in Marseilles who fought in France during WW I.. more then 10.000 sikhs lost their lives after the british rulers pulled them out of india to defend the europeans against germany.

big time RESPECT to my brothers in France :D

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lol i love it when sikhs get so worked up when they called terrorists.. and then they see the only solution to a problem being terrorism..

p.s. i kno it was just jokes rocky..

its intresting how the whole western world especially europe so happily used sikhs in wars.. letting them wear turbans and even wearing turbans themselves.. and now while they still love talking about the fall of hitler and all that crap, they never remember those who died and fought in the war. Unless they damn Yanks or Brits..

And now they want sikhs to remove their turbans..

I say we all protest by walking around nude.. if u cant wear ur turban u wont wear sh!t.. lol..

seriously i hope the goverment listens to the plea of its people even if they are just a minority.

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