Sikh Schoolgirl Fights Bracelet Ban in UK

January 5, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Times of India

A Sikh student of Indian origin, excluded from her school in Britain two months back for refusing to take off her iron bangle, has moved the High Court against the authorities' decision.

The authorities at the Aberdare Girls' School in South Wales had barred 14-year-old Sarika Singh from attending her classes temporarily after she declined to remove the 'Kara', a symbol of her religion.

The challenge at the High Court has been filed on her behalf by human rights group Liberty -- it argues that the school has breached race relations and human rights laws, the media reported here today.

"My bangle is very important to me. It reminds me always to do good and not do anything bad, especially with the hands," Sarika had said immediately after her expulsion from school in November last year.