Sikh Girl denied admission into Rajasthan judicial exam for wearing Kirpan, SGPC president calls it ‘violation of constitution’

Deliberate targeting of Sikhs is not in national interest, said SGPC President Advocate Dhami

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A Sikh girl was denied entry into the Rajasthan Judicial Competitive Examination conducted by the Rajasthan Public Service Commission at a center in Jodhpur. She was reportedly asked to remove her Kirpan which is forbidden under Sikh principles. Advocate Harjinder Singh Dhami, president of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), said that this is a major violation of the country's constitution and strict legal action should be taken against the officials of the examination, whose arbitrary action has put the future of a girl at stake.

Advocate Dhami said that according to the Constitution of India, Sikhs have full right to wear Kirpan and according to the Sikh rehat mariada, no Amritdhari Sikh can separate the five Sikh KakKars from his body. The Kirpan is one of the 5 mandatory Kakkars that an baptised Sikh (Amritdhari) must wear on their person at all times. He said that for Sikh candidates have been targeted in the country from quite some time. There have been frequent incidents where baptized Sikhs are asked to remove their religious symbols and denied admission to the competitive examinations for protesting. goes

The Shiromani Committee President termed this phenomenon as a big discrimination against the Sikhs in India. He said that the Sikh organization is with the victim Gursikh girl.

Advocate Dhami said that this discrimination against Sikh candidates hurts their psyche, because such criminal treatment of candidates before the paper has a profound impact on their performance in the paper. He said that even though everyone knows that Kirpan is a part of the five virtues of Sikhs and it is also an expression of Sikh identity, fundamental rights, still treating Sikhs with hatred is highly condemnable.

Advocate Dhami requested the Chief Minister of Rajasthan Government Mr. Bhajan Lal Sharma to intervene in this matter immediately and asked him to take strict action against the guilty officials who prevented the Sikh girl from entering the examination. He also demanded from the Chief Minister that special arrangements should be made by the state government for the Sikh candidate of the Rajasthan Judicial Services competitive examination, Advocate Armanjot Kaur.

Details of the Rajasthan Sikh Girl Controversy

In the Rajasthan Judicial Services competitive paper held on June 23 at Jodhpur, Advocate Armanjot Kaur, resident of Jalandhar, was denied entry into the examination center wearing Kirpan. Sikh girl's father Baljit Singh informed the Shiromani Committee that his daughter had gone to Jodhpur today to take the competitive examination for judicial services, where the officials of the examination center asked her to remove the kirpan. But the girl objected to this and did not remove the kirpan, so she was deprived of the opportunity to take the exam. S. Baljit Singh also informed that a petition has also been filed in the High Court of Rajasthan at Jodhpur in this matter and a legal battle will be fought for justice. Advocate Armanjot Kaur is currently practicing law under a Senior Advocate of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and is looking forward to serve in the field of Judiciary in the country.

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