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Uproar over Sikh student being detained at US college for carrying holy ‘kirpan’

Bibliometric Details: Issue No: 9 | Issue Month:September | Issue Year:2022

A Sikh student at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, became once allegedly detained for carrying kirpan— a ceremonial dagger and one amongst the five sacred symbols that an orthodox Sikh have to wear.

The incident took web website on Thursday. The topic came to gentle after the student posted a video clip of the incident on Twitter, claiming that he became once handcuffed for resisting the police officer’s strive to take his sacred dagger from the sheath.

“I wasn’t going to submit this, but I don’t instruct I’ll receive any strengthen from @unccharlotte. I became once told somebody called 911 and reported me, and I purchased cuffed for resisting because I refused to let the officer take my kirpan out of the miyaan (sheath).”

The video won instantaneous traction with many coming to the strengthen of the student and condemning the campus authorities for his or her lack of understanding in direction of folks’s spiritual beliefs.

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Harjinder Singh Dhami took to Twitter to deplore the incident and requested the Indian ambassador in US, Taranjit Singh, and distant places minister S Jaishankar to make certain the spiritual freedom of the Sikhs in the US.

“We ask an apology from Campus Police and Univ Admn at @unccharlotte that detained a Sikh early life for his Kirpan, a quintessential section of Sikh Kakars. We’re in fixed touch with @IndianEmbassyUS and @MEAIndia to make certain the Amritdhari student is launched with due admire,” Sirsa, a primitive BJP legislator, said in a tweet.

“I have to relish the Sikh student who outlined the significance of Kirpan with such religion. We ask an apology from @unccharlotte admn on this racial angle. I additionally bustle @DrSJaishankar Ji to address the placement of discrimination confronted by Sikh college students at global stage,” he added.

Following the uproar, the UNC in a commentary apologised for the roughly remedy meted out to the student.

“UNC Charlotte dispatch purchased a 911 name reporting somebody with a knife in the constructing. Police officers spoke back to the scene and engaged the person in place a query to. At some stage in this interaction, the person became once placed in handcuffs whereas officers took possession of the article. The handcuffs had been removed after the article became once retrieved. Extra investigation confirmed the merchandise became once a kirpan, an editorial of religion in Sikhism,” University chancellor Sharon L Gaber said in a message to the campus neighborhood posted on the college’s web web website, UNCC.edu.

“Utter law and University coverage prohibit the possession of a knife or other edged devices on campus, but we are able to utilize this as a discovering out different by participating in optimistic dialogue with Sikh college students and workers. Collectively, we’re confident we are able to uncover practical measures and tutorial opportunities that both protect the security of our campus and the spiritual practices of our neighborhood participants. Our vary makes us a bigger, richer, more worthwhile neighborhood.”

“We desire each Niner to feel welcomed, supported and safe. We apologise that’s now not what this younger man felt in our union the day long past by. We’re dedicated to guaranteeing it doesn’t happen again,” learn the message.

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