• search
For Quick Alerts
For Daily Alerts

India persuades France to revoke Sikh turban ban

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Mar 15: Preneet Kaur, the minister of state for external affairs, persuaded France to revoke the ban on Sikh turbans by instigating fear of creating a faulty identity database, which would prove costly to the country amid the global terror threat.

Kaur has conveyed to Paris that by taking pictures of Sikhs without the turban as identity markers, they are creating faulty database.

"The plea that we have taken is that the French government is taking photographs and fingerprints as identity markers. However, if Sikhs are photographed without turbans, then they are accumulating wrong records because normally, a Sikh will always wear a turban," Kaur said adding that Indian demand of allowing turbans in France was under active consideration.

"The matter is being pursued and we are hopeful it will be resolved," she said.

As per the law passed in 2004, Sikhs are required remove turbans when being photographed for a driving licence. It also banned all ostentatious religious symbols and signs in all public places such as schools, hospitals and town halls.

The repeated requests from the Sikh community in the country to revoke the ban has gone in vain till now.

OneIndia News

For Daily Alerts
Get Instant News Updates
Notification Settings X
Time Settings
Clear Notification X
Do you want to clear all the notifications from your inbox?
Settings X
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. This includes cookies from third party social media websites and ad networks. Such third party cookies may track your use on Oneindia sites for better rendering. Our partners use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on Oneindia website. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. Learn more