Chandigarh: A catholic school in Australia,
which had forced a Sikh student to shave off his beard, has
apologised to him, Ministry of External Affairs said.
In a communique to Rajya Sabha MP Avinash Rai Khanna, who
had demanded Central government`s intervention into the
incident that took place last month, the MEA said principal of
the Melbourne-based school has sought an apology from the
"The MEA said it had taken up the issue with the High
Commission in Canberra which informed it that the school
principal has apologised to the student for hurting religious
sentiments," Khanna told reporters here on Thursday.
According to the letter, the Indian High Commission at
Canberra was told that as per the school`s rules and
regulations, it is mandatory for students to shave off their
facial hair. However, at no stage the boy indicated his
religious practices and his beard was not shaved off, the MP
Last month, the Sikh boy studying in class 11 at an outer
northern Christian school in Melbourne was forced to a shave
off his beard by the school administration, sparking an
outrage among the Indian community which accused the institute
of religious discrimination.