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US Sikh Body Expresses Concern Over Ban on Religious Symbols in Quebec

June 19, 2019 | By

Connecticut, US: In response to the passing of Bill 21 by Quebec, which bans ban on religious clothing and symbols, a US based Sikh body called Sikh Sewak Society International USA said: [t]here are approx 15,000 Sikhs living in Quebec who will be impacted by the ban on religious clothing and symbols.

Practicing Sikhs men and women, wear the Sikh articles of faith such as the Dastaar (Sikh turban) at all times as reminders of basic principles that teaches them equality, Selfless service,spirituality and commitment to society.

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Swaranjit Singh Khalsa [File Photo]

Swaranjit Singh Khalsa Member World Sikh Parliament and President Sikh Sewak Society International USA said “It is Very Unfortunate to see Quebec passing this bill.

“Not sure what kind of society Quebec is looking for in this 21st century when world is shrinking. How can we lose good workforce and talented people just because of their religious beliefs?”, said he.

“I think this will allow people with less credibility to serve in public sector just for the sake of filling up positions”, he added.

Most of the Sikh came to countries like America,Canada and United Kingdom after 1984 Sikh Genocide in India so they can practice their religion freely and to see this bill passing ,it raised concerns to them globally.



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