The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) chief Kirpal Singh Badungar has written a letter to Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) chairman Rakesh Kumar Chaturvedi to ensure the Sikh candidates face no harassment in respect of their ‘kakars’ (Sikh articles) while appearing in examination of National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET).
The National Eligibility Test (NEET) 2017 is being hold on Sunday, May 7 in 103 cities across the country. Keeping in view of the fact that the Amritdhari (baptized) Sikh candidates who wore ‘kara’ (iron bracelet) and ‘Kirpan’ (dagger) were disallowed to sit in the examination last year, the apex gurdwara body has taken up the issue to the CBSE which conduct this, in advance.
In a press release issued here, Badungar said ‘kakar’s are integral parts of an Amritdhari Sikh and he is not allowed to take them off as per Sikh tenets. In the letter, he wanted the chairman to issue directions to allow the Sikh candidates to sit in the exam with the ‘kakars’.
“This is serious issue as if any Sikh is asked to remove his ‘kakars’, it deeply hurt his religious sentiments”, the SGPC chief added.