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Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Canadian high court overturned school board ban on Sikh daggers
Dwyer Arce at 12:00 AM ET

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 school prohibited him from carrying the dagger when it accidentally fell from his clothing in 2001. Sikhism requires that Sikh males wear the ceremonial dagger, known as a kirpan, at all times, but they are forbidden to use it as a weapon.

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