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Saturday, January 22, 2005

Sikhs in France seek India's role on turban

Press Trust of India
New Delhi, January 21, 2005|23:08 IST

With the French headscarf bill ready for review in March, Sikhs from France have again approached the Government to take up the issue at diplomatic level and put pressure on the French Government to allow turban in schools.

"Already, seven Sikh students have been expelled from the French schools. As the bill comes for review in March, we are again urging the Indian Government to take up the issue at diplomatic level so that turban could be allowed in the schools there," Iqbal Singh Bhatti, Secretary General, Turban Action Committee in France, told reporters in New Delhi on Friday.

Bhatti on Friday met Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) President Paramjit Singh Sarna in this regard and urged the Sikh body to take up the issue in India.

"We had earlier also approached the External Affairs Minister and would again be shortly writing to Prime Minister to take up the issue on urgent basis with the French Government," Sarna said.

"The issue would also be discussed with the MPs. Already, Punjab Chief Minister has been approached and an opinion build up so that the turban issue could be taken up in the Parliament," Sarna said.

"BJP and Akali leaders, including Parkash Singh Badal and SS Dhindsa, have also been approached and all the Sikh groups in India are ready to take up the issue jointly," Ravinder Singh Khurana, General Secretary, DSGMC, said.

However, Sarna said if they did not get positive response from the Government, they would protest at the French Embassy in New Delhi, send a memorandum to French President, besides urging British Prime Minister and UN Chief Kofi Annan to put the pressure on French Government.

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