Carrying kirpan in public: SGPC to move int’l court against Italian SC’s decision

Patiala, May 18: The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) on Wednesday said it will approach the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to challenge the Italian Supreme Court’s decision upholding the ban on Sikhs carrying kirpan (a ceremonial dagger) in public.


A Sikh migrant had appealed against a lower court’s decision ordering him to pay $2,195 (Rs1,40,700) for carrying a kirpan.

Addressing a press conference here, SGPC president Kirpal Singh Bandugar said that court decision is a matter of great concern and they have decided to file a petition in ICJ to the safeguard Sikhs’ rights to wear its religious symbol.

“In the petition, we will request ICJ to allow the Sikhs to wear their religious symbols across the world,” he said.

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