SGPC takes strong notice of the ban on Sikh employees wearing kirpans at airports

The premier body of the Sikhs, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) condemned the recent notification by the Ministry of Civil Aviation barring Amritdhari (initiated) Sikh employees who wear their Kakaar (Kirpan) from performing duty at the Indian airports.

President Advocate Harjinder Singh Dhami has termed the notification of the government as an attack on Sikh rights, in which, Sikh employees are barred from wearing Kirpan, one of the five Kakaars (symbols of faith).

SGPC takes strong notice of the ban on Sikh employees wearing kirpans at airports

While taking further the issue to the government of India, Advocate Dhami has written a letter to the Union minister of civil aviation Jyotiraditya M. Scindia, urging immediate withdrawal of this order issued on March 4, 2022.

“In their own country, this discrimination is a major attack on the religious freedom of the citizen Sikhs, which will never be allowed to be implemented. The government of India should never forget that the Sikhs have remained at the forefront in making sacrifices for the freedom of this country and if the culture of the country survives today it is because of the Sikhs.”

Advocate Harjinder Singh Dhami, President, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC)

SGPC President said that it is unfortunate that in their own country excesses are being committed against the Sikhs, who die for the country. “The governments should refrain from adopting such policies which hurts the religious sentiments of the Sikhs”, said Advocate Dhami.

As per the notification dated March 4, on page 5 Section 20 (ii)(b), it is written that exemption shall be given to Sikh passengers only, whereas no stakeholder or its employee at the airport (including Sikh) and working at any terminal, domestic or international, shall be allowed to carry a ‘kirpan’ on a person.

Sikh passengers can carry the ‘kirpan’ on Indian aircraft provided the length of its blade does not exceed six inches and its total length does not exceed nine inches.

As per the guidelines for a Sikh passenger, the ‘kirpan’ may be carried, provided the length of its blade does not exceed six inches and its total length does not exceed nine inches. It is allowed while travelling by air on Indian aircraft within India (domestic routes of fully domestic flights operating from domestic terminals only).

The issue was also raised by an NGO — Amritsar Vikas Manch. Sandeep Singh Gumtala of Amritsar Vikas Manch said: “If Sikh passengers are allowed to wear a ‘kirpan’ on domestic flights, it is hard to believe that Sikh employees pose a greater security threat after undergoing security clearances. To my knowledge, Sikh employees at airports in the UK, Canada are permitted to wear a ‘kirpan’ at the airside,” he said.

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