Following the recent incident in South London where another student at a primary school cut a Sikh boy’s hair, several prominent Sikh organizations have come to the fore and condemned the incident. The incident on May 21 had left the Sikh masses across England in deep shock and disgust.
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), one of the most prominent Sikh organizations based out of Amritsar, Punjab, has strongly condemned this incident.
In a press release, SGPC president Bibi Jagir Kaur has said that it is deplorable that the incident hurting the religious sentiments of the Sikhs has taken place in a school of Britain.
“It is a grave violation of religious rights, and Sikhs will never tolerate it. Even before this, incidents of hate crime against Sikhs had come to light from foreign countries”, said SGPC president Bibi Jagir Kaur.
SGPC president Bibi Jagir Kaur said, “In the latest incident, a serious crime has been committed by forcibly trimming of the hair of a 5-year-old Sikh student inside a school in the UK. Whosoever has done this should be severely punished.”
Bibi Jagir Kaur has appealed to the Sikh organizations in the UK to investigate the matter seriously and take strict action against those involved in hurting the religious sentiments.
The Sikh Federation, a prominent organization based out of the UK, said that the incident was totally unacceptable and devastating to hear.” For a Sikh boy to have his sacred unshorn hair cut by another pupil while in school is one of the worst possible anti-Sikh hate crime,” the organization added.
“Incidents like this can never be acceptable, and there can be no justification given as to why this occurred. The education system within the UK doesn’t take the bullying of Sikh children seriously. We know from recent incidents that many of these cases keep happening and there is a reoccurring theme, the schools don’t educate their students on diversity and the Sikh religion, nor do they take firm action against racism against Sikh children often enough,” Parmvir Singh of Khalsa Foundation told Sikh24.
“Bullying still happens, and it must be stopped. Years and years of bullying of Sikh children who suffer in silence is not acceptable. The bullying will lead to more events for Sikh children defending themselves, which will only be a reaction to the issue and not deal with the root cause, which is the lack of awareness within schools around the Sikh faith,” he added.