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Italy allows security check with turban

delhi Updated: Jun 04, 2011 00:27 IST
Jayanth Jacob
Jayanth Jacob
Hindustan Times
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Following New Delhi’s consistent demand, Italy on Friday said the turbans will not be removed for security checks at the airports, adding that they would look into devising a system to do the security check without the religious symbol being taken off.

The assurance came after a meeting between external affairs minister SM Krishna, who is on a bilateral visit to Italy and his counterpart Franco Frattini.

Citing the instances of Sikh community members being asked to remove the turbans in airports for security checks, Krishna told the Italian side “Italy should safeguard the human rights of the Sikhs, including the expression of religious symbols like turban”.

“Sikhs are highly respected community in India”, the minister said. There have been complaints from Sikh community members that they were asked to remove their turbans, at times even inside a toilet, for the security checks. Many of them also complained to the ministry that they were asked to take off the turban while being photographed for the purposes of getting various identity cards, citing security reasons.

“After the meeting, Italy officially announced there is a new decree from their interior ministry saying that the turbans will not be removed for security checks at the airports. They respect turban as a religious symbol”, said an Indian official.

New Delhi has been strongly protesting the issue of removing turbans for security purposes with Italy.

The Italian envoy in Delhi, Giacomo Sanfelice Di Monteforte, had been summoned to the ministry of external affairs over the incident of golf coach Amritinder Singh was asked to remove his turban for the security check.

Amritinder Singh is the coach of Jeev Milkha Singh, India’s ace golfer.

The row

Decision comes after a meeting between foreign minister SM Krishnaand his Italian counterpart Franco Frattini

There have been complaints from Sikh community members that they were asked to remove turbans, at times even inside a toilet, for the security checks

Many of them also complained that they were asked to take off the turban while being photographed for the purposes of getting various identity cards

Earlier, India’s ace golfer Jeev Milkha Singh’s coach Amritinder Singh was asked to remove his turban for the security check.