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NAPA writes to FEC over Sikh boys' issue in California

The North American Punjabi Association (NAPA) has written to family entertainment Centre (FEC) division senior vice president Gregg Borman over the incident of denial to four turbaned sikh youths to ride go-karts at a California Park on July 28.

punjab Updated: Aug 11, 2013 18:14 IST
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The North American Punjabi Association (NAPA) has written to family entertainment Centre (FEC) division senior vice president Gregg Borman over the incident of denial to four turbaned sikh youths to ride go-karts at a California Park on July 28.


Arminder Singh and his cousins Gurpreet Singh, Diljit Singh and Jaskirat Singh were reportedly not allowed to ride go-carts at Boomers Livermore Amusement Park, California because they had worn turbans.

"Turban is an inseparable part of Sikh identity. This had happened even after the White House recently celebrated the presence of Sikhs in the United States for over a century," said NAPA's executive director Satnam Singh Chahal.

He added that in California, Sikhs have bigger presence compared to other states; even they have contributed in farming and in the Silicon Valley over the years.

"We should not be forced to choose between having a good time at an amusement park and our fundamental right to freedom of religion."