Friday, March 18, 2016

Indian Court Says Sikh Witness Cannot Be Barred From Wearing Kirpan

In Singh v. State of Haryana, (High Ct. Punjab and Haryana, March 16, 2016), a trial court in the Indian state of Punjab held that Art. 25 of India's Constitution which protects freedom of conscience and religion invalidates a court's order barring a Sikh witness from wearing a kirpan while testfying.  The opinion contains lengthy discussion of the kirpan and of the freedom of religion provision in India's constitution. LiveLaw reports on the decision.