With the Quebec government in Canada going ahead with a proposed law on banning wearing of religious symbols, including the turban, at places of work or study, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) chief Avtar Singh Makkar made an appeal to Canadian Prime Minister Stephan Harper to halt the process.
Makkar also appealed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to take up the issue at the diplomatic level with Canada.
With the Quebec state having included the ban on religious symbols in its Charter of Quebec Values, Makkar appealed to the Canadian PM to stop it from becoming a law. The charter, if passed, by the government of Quebec, will become a law.
In a statement issued here on Friday, Makkar said the law was bound to hurt religious sentiments of various communities, including Sikhs. He claimed that Quebec was going ahead with the ban despite opposition from the Canadian government.
He pointed out that under the bill, Sikhs would not be allowed to wear their headgear or for that matter any of their religious symbols, to their workplace. Similarly, Sikh students would be debarred from entering their schools or colleges with turbans, he added.
Referring to the large Sikh population in Canada, he said members of the community had contributed to the development of the country.
Makkar also appealed to important members of the Sikh community in Canada, including leaders of political parties, to make a united effort to prevent this bill from becoming a law.