Thursday, November 08, 2007

In Wales, Sikh Teen Challenges School's Jewelry Ban

In the United Kingdom, a Sikh teenager is challenging her school's dress code that prevents her from wearing a silver Kara bangle, one of the five symbols of Sikh identity. icWales yesterday reported that 14-year old Sarika Watkins-Singh was sent home by Aberdare Girls’ School for violating a regulation that limits girl's jewelry to a wrist watch and one pair of plain metal stud earrings. Watkins-Singh plans to file an appeal of the Welsh school's ruling in the High Court, claiming that it violates the 1976 Race Relations Act. The Equality and Human Rights Commission has advised that Sikhs are recognized as a racial group for purposes of that Act.