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Sikh communities concern over search measures

Harmander Singh

Concerned Sikh groups have halted plans by the Department of Transport to introduce search measures insensitive to those who wear turbans and religious headdress.

Under the proposals which have already come into practice in the EU, Sikh communities are concerned that enhanced security measures could include the handling or removal of their turbans. But for now, the Department for Transport has been instructed to continue to use the old methods.

A spokesperson for The Department for Transport commented:

“We will work to find an acceptable long term solution to the issue”

Harmander Singh, Principal Advisor to Sikhs in England, added that the security measures were ‘ludicrous’. He said:

“Sikhs are being unfairly targeted. As far as I’m aware, there haven’t been any exploding turbans at airports yet. Just because Osama Bin Laden chooses to wear one doesn’t mean that Sikhs should have to suffer.”

By Richard Sudan

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