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Italy’s ban on kirpan has hurt Sikh sentiments, says Akali leader Cheema

The Italian court had said migrants who choose to live in the Western world have an obligation to conform to the values of the society they have chosen to settle in, even if its values differ from their own.

punjab Updated: May 17, 2017 11:47 IST
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Akali leader Cheema said that the Italian Court has ignored the fact that carrying ‘kirpan’ is essential and mandatory part of the religious code of conduct of an ‘amritdhari Sikh’.
Akali leader Cheema said that the Italian Court has ignored the fact that carrying ‘kirpan’ is essential and mandatory part of the religious code of conduct of an ‘amritdhari Sikh’.(HT Photo)

The Shiromani Akali Dal on Tuesday raised concern over the decision of the Italian Supreme Court upholding a ban on the ‘kirpan’ (Sikh article of faith).

“The decision has shaken the Sikh community world over,” said party secretary & spokesperson Daljit Singh Cheema. He added that Italian Court has ignored the fact that carrying ‘kirpan’ is essential and mandatory part of the religious code of conduct of an ‘amritdhari Sikh’.

“Banning of kirpan means no ‘amritdhari Sikh’ will be able to live in Italy after this order,” he said. Cheema said Akali Dal Committee will take up the matter with Ministry of External Affairs.

On Monday, the Italian Supreme Court had ruled against a Sikh who wanted to carry a kirpan in public and said that migrants in the Western world must conform to the values of the society they have chosen to settle in.