Sikh boy denied admission to school due to ‘patka’ issues

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Sikh boy denied admission to school due to ‘patka’ issues

Following hijab row, private school in Mangaluru comes under fire for refusing admission to Sikh boy

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The District Child Welfare Committee (CWC) will ask Childline to submit a report on a private school in Mangaluru which allegedly refused admission to a six-year-old boy from the Sikh community, who was wearing a turban “patka”.

CWC President Rennie D’Souza said DH that students from the Sikh community were allowed to wear the “patka” and the “kara” (ring or steel bracelet).

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“It is the knee-jerk reaction of the school management to the Karnataka High Court’s interim order on the wearing of hijab (scarf) inside classrooms,” he said and decided to order Childline to submit a report on the refusal of admission of a Sikh student.

Rashtriya Sikh Sangat who attempted to intervene was informed that the school management would make a final decision (on the student’s admission) on February 28.

DDPI Malleswamy said DH who had received no complaint against the private school for denial of admission on the matter.

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