School asks two Sikh students to remove kirpans

A private school asked its two Sikh students to come without their traditional kirpans failing which they have been advised to leave, aggrieved guardians said here.

Updated: May 03, 2011, 21:28 PM IST

Patiala: A private school asked its two Sikh students to come without their traditional
kirpans failing which they have been advised to leave,
aggrieved guardians said here.

Yadavindra Public School, popularly known as YPS
Patiala, has asked its `Amritdhari` (baptised) students to
remove their kirpans or leave the school.

Manpreet (Class IX) and Akashdeep Singh (Class VII)
were asked to come without their kirpans in the school, their
guardians claimed.

Akashdeep`s father Harjinder Singh, who was here at
the school, said that he had come to meet school principal
Stanley Vinod Kumar and to get permission for a small-size
kirpan, measuring 2 inches.

Meanwhile, Manpreet`s uncle Gurbir Singh said he would
submit a memorandum to Akal Takhat Sahib regarding the
discrimination by the school administration.

When contacted, principal Stanley Vinod Kumar said
that other students had complained about the 6-inch kirpans
possessed by the two. "We just told them to have a small
symbol of kirpan and tie it in thread... They were asked to
put around their necks as other students do," he said.
The school is not against any religion, he said.

PTI