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Kirpan you believe it!

kirpanMore controversy today about restrictions on Sikhs wearing traditional daggers, called kirpans, after the BBC reported that a school had banned a Sikh boy from carrying his

This follows a row last month about Asian Network DJ Adil Ray who was accused of insulting Sikhs by questioning their right to carry the kirpan.

As the BBC report today points out, “under Sikhism the sheathed scimitar is one of five “articles of faith” that must be carried at all times.”

However as some people find it difficult to reconcile the requirement of Sikhs to wear it for religious reasons with their health and safety policies, perhaps a wider government review is needed to clarify the position for public authorities.

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