Taking a serious note of Sikh-American designer Waris Ahluwalia being barred from boarding a flight as he was sporting a turban, the Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) chief Avtar Singh Makkar requested US President Barack Obama to initiate action against the airline concerned.
In a statement here on Tuesday, Makkar said: “It is unfortunate that members of the Sikh community have to face embarrassment abroad due to their religious symbols and turban.”
“Sikhs have contributed in a big way in progress of various countries, but due to lack of knowledge they are subjected to such treatment. It is certainly unjustified,” he added.
“Obama had appreciated the role of Sikh community but still we feel that adequate measures have not been taken to make people aware about Sikhs’ religious symbols. The US President must ensure that such discrimination with Sikh community ends,” said the SGPC chief.
How the drama unfolded
Indian-American Sikh designer Waris Ahluwalia on Tuesday claimed that he was denied boarding an AeroMexico flight bound for New York from Mexico City only because he was wearing a turban.
Ahluwalia fame posted his photograph with his flight ticket on photo-sharing app Instagram and claimed that he was denied boarding because he refused to remove his turban.
“This morning in Mexico City I was told I could not board my @aeromexico flight to NYC because of my turban.#FearisanOpportunitytoEducate#humanrights #dignity #lovenotfear,” Ahluwalia posted on Instagram.
A Sikh community-based organisation in the US, The Sikh Coalition, condemned the incident, calling it shameful, while several other users took to social media to support Ahluwalia.
Soon, people from across the world were up in arms with Ahluwalia and took to social media to express their condemnation for the incident: