November 13, 2014
by Valerie Howell
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), along with United Sikhs, filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against the US Army for refusing to allow a Sikh college student to enlist in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program unless he shaves his beard, removes his turban and cuts his hair. The ...[read more]
April 25, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On April 25, 2011, the US District Court for the Western District of Virginia ruled that the Virginia Department of Corrections (VDOC) did not violate the rights of Muslim inmates by prohibiting them from growing beards. The inmate in question, William Couch, had claimed that the follicle ...[read more]
March 16, 2011
by Alexandra Malatesta
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday sued the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) for unfairly disciplining Sikh inmate Sukhjinder Basra for refusing to trim his beard. The suit also names the state of California and Governor Jerry Brown in alleging a violation ...[read more]
March 2, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On March 2, 2006, the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously overturned a Quebec school board's ban on carrying Sikh ceremonial daggers at school, ruling that it infringed students' religious freedom under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The ban was challenged by a Sikh student after a ...[read more]
May 28, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
An Indian court on Friday charged Sajjan Kumar, a former member of the Parliament of India in the ruling Congress Party, in connection with the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Additional Sessions Judge Sunita Gupta of the Northeast District of Delhi charged Kumar and five others with conspiracy, murder, da... ...[read more]
February 8, 2010
by Ann Riley
Sir Mota Singh QC, Britainís first Asian judge, said in an interview with BBC's Asian Network Monday that Sikhs should be permitted to wear their ceremonial daggers to school and other public places. Sikhism requires that Sikh males wear the ceremonial dagger, known as a kirpan, at all tim... ...[read more]
October 17, 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi
The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Tuesday revised security procedures relating to headwear, merging procedures involving headwear with the broader category of bulky clothing. The move came less than a week after the TSA and the Sikh Coalition held a community meeting i... ...[read more]
August 26, 2007
by Bernard Hibbitts
The New York-based Sikh Coalition Saturday expressed concern at a new US Transportation and Security Administration policy that subjects Sikhs to heightened screening procedures at US airports, including mandatory turban pat downs. On Friday TSA officials told the Coalition that in a Guidance memo ...[read more]
May 20, 2007
by Bernard Hibbitts
Eric Linge, Pitt Law '09, files from Mumbai: India is a nation that takes religion seriously. Articles 25-8 of the Constitution guarantee citizens the fundamental right to religious freedom. Rickshaw drivers stick their arms up into the air when they pass by cows pulling shrines on carts down th... ...[read more]
August 9, 2006
by Jaime Jansen
New service regulations will allow US Coast Guard members to wear religious head coverings under their uniform head covers, according to Coast Guard officials quoted by AP Wednesday. The new regulations have already taken effect verbally, but must still be formally adopted. The Coast Guard, ...[read more]

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