June 27, 2017 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Chandigarh/ Amritsar: As per media reports an Italian delegation, including Sikh activist Sukhdev Singh Kang, on Monday (June 26) sought Akal Takht’s approval for a specially designed Kirpan.
The delegation said the Italian Government had recently allowed Gursikhs to wear the kirpan, made of a flexible material. They have now approached the SGPC appointed Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh to grant clearance on this matter.
Giani Gurbachan Singh said the model would be presented before the five (SGPC backed) Jathedars to take a final call.
It is notable that last month, an Italian court had upheld a ruling disallowing a Sikh from carrying the kirpan in public, while stating that “public safety from weapons was of paramount importance.” Kang said: “An Italian firm has manufactured this kirpan. After the government’s nod, it was distributed among Sikhs.”
Italian officials Rozy Roberto and El Lorenjo said, “The original kirpan carried by Sikhs in Italy appeared more like a weapon. So, the authorities came up with this model to resolve the issue.”
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