Normally when religious symbols and schools make the news, it is to do with pupils being denied the opportunity to display the symbols. A Sikh school in the Indian Punjab has done the opposite however, and insisted that the Hindus in the school (who make up around 20% of the pupils), have to wear turbans. A number of Hindu parents are complaining that they were not told about this, while the school claim that this has been their policy for a while and that it was clearly stated. Looking up the school’s code of conduct, one finds that:
“All non-sikh students follow their own religion but they have to cover their head with Patka (up to Class V) or Dastaar (Classes VI to XII) and they have to follow the spiritual and religious curriculum of Akal Academy.”
As far as I can tell, the school has done nothing wrong. It is a Sikh school and insists on a uniform. The rules are clearly laid out, and the rule about non-Sikhs’ headgear is covered in the first point of the freely-available code of conduct. The only bone of contention would be whether expecting non-Sikhs to wear turbans is right from a religious point of view.
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