February 16, 2016 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Espanola, NM, USA: Chile has over 200 legally recognized spiritual paths. But until January 25th 2016, the Sikh religion was not one of them.
After 4 years of consistent effort, however, the fledgling Sikh community in Chile achieved legal recognition of Sikhism as a religion.
“Now we will be protected, with more safety in our jobs, in our health system and political system,” Rupinder Kaur Khalsa of Sikh Dharma Chile said of the legalization. “That is very good news for all of us…We can have the right to have gatherings in public places, also.
“We started the legalization process 4 years ago. Creating legal documents that describe what a turban is, what Sikh Dharma is, who we are, what do we want to legalize for Sikh Dharma Chile, and what our values are as Sikhs. Then, the legal process was about waiting for the government to approve this”, said Rupiner Kaur Khalsa.
The Chilean government did so in January.
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