December 15, 2010 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
He further informed that SSF had challenged this practise in Punjab and Haryana High Court in 2005-06, and in reply Punjab’s Additional Advocate General presented a copy of communication sent by Punjab Police’s ADGP (Crime) that Sikh detainees shall be allowed to wear half meter long cloth. But even today the Sikhs are not allowed to cover their head in police stations’ confinement cells, maintained Gazi. He criticised police administration for justifying this derogatory practise by taking the security plea.
He said that Punjab and Haryana High Court’s decision on dastar issue was not as per Sikh aspirations, because the problem of compulsion to remove turban would persist even if a detainee was afterwards allowed to cover his head with small cloth. Moreover it would be applicable in Punjab only, but the problem exists across all police stations in India.
SSF has decided to raise the issue Akal Takhat Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh, who has decided consider the problem of forcible removal of turban in foreign countries.
“We have decided to bring this to the the attention of Jathedar of Akal Takhat. We want him to take up the issue in forcible removal of Dastar (turban) in totality, including the issue of Sikh detainees in India, and for that purpose a delegation of SSF will soon seek appointment from Giani Gurbachan Singh”, said Gazi.
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