I feel ashamed to be called an Indian Sikh but why? Read here.
Today in the evening at about 4 o’clock i was called by someone from facebook and informed that an Amritdhari Sikh wearing all his 5 mandatory signs of Sikh religion was stopped to enter Supreme court, Delhi. The security staff was insisting him to remove his Kirpan.
I was shocked to hear it. He wanted to know what he should do in such circumstances. When he asked the security staff to give them in writing the reason of denying him entry, they refused. That shows them biased. At this I replied him that this unfortunate incident must be getting recorded in CCTV so he shouldn’t worry. If he is asked for not attending the court, he should simply state the reason. CCTV footage will prove him innocent.
If the security staff violates article 25(B) of indian constitution, are they not supposed to be held liable for offending rights of a citizen? If any such circular is issued by Indian gov or an amendment in constitution is made that Sikhs wearing can not enter in any Court of law, it should be displayed and such notice should be published in newspapers too?
But then i requested him to get help of any Sikh advocate. To my amusement, i was shocked to listen his words that Sikh lawyers at supreme Court too suggested him to remove kirpan (religious sword) and come inside?
To hell with such Sikh lawyers. What justice they could provide to their clients if they are not able to argue with security staff and convince them that kirpan is an article of faith and constitution of India permits Sikhs to wear it and move freely anywhere they wish. if an Advocate can’t deal with this issue what hope is there of credible representation inside the Court by him?
I am not sure as time was not permitting me to raise this issue with dumb body of Sikhs known as DSGMC but is there anybody noticing this shameful incident?
Now, let us take a look at Article 25:
Freedom of conscience and free profession, practice and propagation of religion —
(1) Subject to public order, morality and health and to the other provisions of this Part, all persons are equally entitled to freedom of conscience and the right freely to profess, practice and propagate religion.
(2) Nothing in this article shall affect the operation of any existing law or prevent the State from making any law –
(a) regulating or restricting any economic, political or other secular activity which may be associated with religious practice;(b) providing for social welfare and reform or the throwing open of Hindu religious institutions of a public character to all classes and sections of Hindus.
Explanation I – The wearing and carrying of kirpans shall be deemed to be included in the profession of the Sikh religion.
Explanation II – In sub-Clause (b) of clause (2), the reference to Hindus shall be construed as including a reference to persons professing the Sikh, Jaina or Buddhist religion, and the reference to Hindu religious institutions shall be construed accordingly.