Sikhs protest outside UN, demand Khalistan state, religious protection

Updated on Jan 27, 2017 02:11 PM IST

A group of Sikhs protested outside the UN headquarters in New York against the Indian Constitution, raising pro-Khalistan slogans and demanding the world body’s intervention to protect the community.

A group of Sikhs protest near the United Nations headquarters in New York on the occasion of India’s Republic Day on Thursday, seeking intervention of the UN to protect their religious minority.(AP)
A group of Sikhs protest near the United Nations headquarters in New York on the occasion of India’s Republic Day on Thursday, seeking intervention of the UN to protect their religious minority.(AP)
PTI, New York | ByPTI

As India marked its 68th Republic Day,a group of Sikhs held a protest outside the UN headquarters in New York against the Indian Constitution, raising pro-Khalistan slogans and demanding the world body’s intervention to protect the community.

The Sikhs held a “liberation rally” alleging that the Constitution denies religious freedom to the Sikh community.

Carrying placards that read ‘Wake up UN’ and ‘Sikh Referendum 2020’, they shouted slogans demanding “freedom” for Punjab.

The protesters also demanded a UN intervention to protect Sikhs and raised slogans in favour of an independent Sikh state of Khalistan.

Rights group Sikhs for Justice sent a communique to Ahmed Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief urging him to condemn provisions of the Indian Constitution, which they claimed violate religious freedom and identity of Sikhs by labeling them as ‘Hindus’.

SFJ legal advisor said the group will lobby with the UN for bringing a resolution in the General Assembly on the issue of Sikh’s religious freedom in India.

The rally was organised by the Gurudwara Sikh Cultural Society of Richmond Hill with the support of management committees of Gurudwaras in the tri-state area.

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