Tuesday, July 29, 2008

British Court Says Sikh Girl Can Wear Kara To School

In Britain, a High Court judge ruled today that a Sikh teenager should be permitted to wear her "Kara" , a plain steel bracelet that is a symbol of her faith, despite school rules against wearing most jewelry. According to Reuters, the court concluded that the ban on religious and racial discrimination required Aberdare Girls' High School in south Wales to exempt 14-year old Sarika Singh from the school's ban on jewelry (other than wrist watches and ear studs). The school argued that the bracelet could be seen as a "symbol of affluence". (See prior related posting.)