A Sikh girl’s school was found to have indirectly discriminated against her by forcing her to remove the kara (bangle), which the judge described as vital to the Sikh religion:
“A Sikh teenager has won her High Court discrimination claim against her school which excluded her for breaking its “no jewellery” rule. Sarika Singh, 14, from Cwmbach, south Wales was excluded in November 2007 from Aberdare Girls School for refusing to take off a religious bangle. The school claimed its no jewellery policy was fair to all.”
It is always a shame when issues like these have to be settled in court, as it benefits no-one but the lawyers. I think that schools should be allowed to set their own dress codes, and should adopt a common sense approach to religious items (in this case the school should have let her wear the kara). Society loses out when people constantly run to the courts to settle minor disputes, rather than working it out amongst themselves. Still, the Commons is full of lawyers and people who benefit from these kind of conflicts, so it is no suprise that they encourage them.
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