An objection by a private school in northern Uttar Pradesh to a Sikh boy wearing his turban has triggered protests across the community. A Sikh Rights' body has also lodged a complaint with the local judicial authorities against the principal of the school for hurting their religious sentiments. It has also sent copies of the complaint to India’s top Sikh shrine management body, as well as the Prime Minister and federal Home Minister.
According to reports, the student named Navjot was asked by the principal of St Mary's School in Bijnor city of Uttar Pradesh, not to wear a turban to school.
Head of Shri Guru Singh Sabha – a religious shrine, Balbir Singh said the turban is a key part of their identity and dignity.
“We cannot stop wearing it. We tried to meet the principal of the school but were not given an appointment. Navjot’s parents met the principal who said that the student would not be allowed if he continues to wear the turban," Singh said.
The community was planning to protest if the principal did not apologise and withdraw the order.
Agitated netizens took to social media and slammed the school authorities
@myogiadityanath— Akash Vishnoi (@Akash11Vishnoi) November 27, 2019
Sir please look into this what's metter ? Majak bana ke rakh diya hamre dharm ka ।
Just Shut down the school and shift children to another school in next academic year, that’s the only cure, there can’t be any other...https://t.co/v7PrzglFgu— Hemant Prasad (@prasadhemant) November 27, 2019
Delhi’s lawmaker and president of Delhi Sikh Shrine Management Committee, Manjinder Singh Sirsa also took to Twitter and requested Uttar Pradesh State Chief Yogi Adityanath to intervene and look into the matter.
बिजनौर के मिशनरीज़ सेंट मेरी स्कूल में सिख छात्र को पगड़ी बांधने से रोका जा रहा है; स्कूल प्रिंसिपल ने स्कूल में पगड़ी पहनने पर जताई आपत्ति— Manjinder S Sirsa (@mssirsa) November 27, 2019
स्कूल का यह नियम हमारे धर्म की आस्था को चोट पहुँचा रहा है; मैं @AdminLKO से इस स्कूल और प्रिंसिपल के खिलाफ कड़ी कार्यवाही की माँग करता हूँ pic.twitter.com/doKhjwaroU