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Saturday, Dec 14, 2019

UK reprieve for Sikh schoolgirl

A Sikh student, who had been banned from attending school for refusing to take off her kada, has been allowed to attend another school, reports Vijay Dutt.

india Updated: Mar 12, 2008 03:40 IST
Vijay Dutt
Vijay Dutt
Hindustan Times

A Sikh student of Indian origin, Sarika Singh, 14, who had been suspended and banned from attending Aberdare Girls Comprehensive School in south Wales since November 2007 for refusing to take off her


, has been allowed to attend another school pending a court ruling.

The previous school management claimed the kada violated the dress code.

The issue was taken up by Inderjit Singh, who heads the Network of Sikh Organisations, an umbrella body of over 100 Sikh associations and groups, and was also supported by the human rights group Liberty, headed by Shami Chakravarty.

Sarika’s appeal is currently awaiting hearing in the High Court in London, but she has been allowed to attend another school within the same Rhondda Cynon Taf Local Education Authority area.