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3 students punished for wearing turbans   E-mail 

Mohali, April 29 After France, it is now Mohali banning students from wearing turbans in schools. Three students of Class X of Lawrence Public School were today asked to leave their classrooms by the school authorities for wearing turbans and were made to sit in a separate room as punishment. 

Principal Veena Malhotra said they had flouted the rules of the school which reads ‘the students upto class X should wear patka but she failed to produce any such rule written in the school diary.

The Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee, however, demanded action against the school.

Inderjeet Singh, Gursewak Singh and Ravinder Singh, all class X students, had come to school wearing turbans. About 9.30 am, the school principal visited the class and asked these three students to get up and come out. “She asked us not to wear turbans in the school, claiming that it doesn’t look nice,” claimed Gursewak Singh.

They were asked to take their school bags out of the class and were directed not to attend any class for the whole day as punishment. The authorities said that they will impose a fine of Rs 50 per day if they wear turbans in the school, one of the students said.

Principal Veena Malhotra said their dress code does not allow turbans and it is mandatory for students of upto Class X.

“We have prescribed patka for Sikh students and they should abide by the rules of the school. We asked them to sit in a separate room just because they flouted the norms. We will not let them attend classes if they wear turbans again,” she added.

But she failed to produce any such rule existing in the rulebook and any such norm ever being communicated to the students.

The SGPC has demanded action against the school. Hardeep Singh, member of SGPC from Mohali, said they will protest against the disrepute brought to the Sikh religion by the school authorities and will take up the matter with the SGPC.

“Turban is a part of Sikhism and nobody can deter Sikh students from wearing them,” he added.

Source: Express News Service

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