Two minor schoolgirls in the UK were asked to remove their turbans by their teachers, sparking outrage among the commuity. Although, the school principal apologised to the students later, demands are being made for a probe and action against the erring teachers.
Simranjot Kaur (13) and Parsimran Kaur (11), both baptised Sikhs, study at St. Anne’s Catholic school in Southampton and are not related. Newly enrolled year seven student Prasimran was told to take her turban off shortly after walking into school, while Simranjot, who is in year nine, said a teacher spotted her coming through the gates on Wednesday and told her to remove her headgear.
According to a report published in Daily Mail, UK, both the girls refused to remove their turbans. Simranjot Kaur told the newspaper that she was forced to take hers off after staff began unravelling it, something which Sikhs regard as highly disrespectful, and her mother arrived at noon to take her home. Parents of both the girls and other community members reacted with anger, and termed the incident as ‘discriminatory’.
The school principal later apologised and said the incident was result of a ‘misunderstanding’. However, Sikh Federation of the United Kingdom has called for an internal probe into the incident and asked for suspension of the erring teachers pending the outcome of the probe.