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Mass Sikh lobby expected

A large number of Sikhs are expected at a mass lobby of parliament tomorrow as they protest over exclusion from official recognition by public authorities

Despite the fact that Sikhs won official recognition 25 years ago (Mandla vs Lee) many monitoring forms today, and the ten-yearly national Census, does not include a category for Sikhs.

Elders such as Harmander Singh of the body Sikhs In England say that Sikhs do not stand a chance of being treated equally, or receive a fair share of resources, unless the take-up of public services can be monitored.

They are demanding that Jil Matheson, the new head of the Office of National Statistics, include Sikhs in the 2011 Census. If this battle is won, the onus will be on the rest of the public sector to follow.

• A mass lobby of the UK Parliament involving hundreds of Sikhs from across the UK and targeting in excess of 200 MPs will take place on Thursday 19 November from 1.30-6.00pm

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