A Danish court ruled Tuesday that it was illegal for a Sikh man to carry the “kirpan” ceremonial knife that he traditionally gets at baptism. The Eastern High Court said that although Indian national Ripudaman Singh wore the blunt knife as a “religious symbol,” it was still a violation of a ban on bearing weapons, including knives, except for carrying out a trade, hunting, fishing or other recreational activities.
The ceremonial knife that Ripudaman Singh carried concealed under his clothes was detected two years ago when he visited the US embassy in Copenhagen and presented it at a security check.
Uh oh. This is going to pose a big problem for Sikhs, since it’s central for baptised (or Amritdhari) Sikhs to carry the knife/sword as part of the 5 Ks. I hope other European nations don’t follow suit.
[hat tip: Uncleji]
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