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Sikh Student Wins Right to Wear Bangle in UK School

After nine months of being barred from school for violating the no jewelry rule, the UK's High Court ruled that the Welsh and Punjabi Sikh teenager had a right to wear her religious bangle to school. The court said that the school unlawfully discriminated against Sarika Singh by not letting her wear her Kara (bangle), an essential symbol of the Sikh faith, different from other jewelery. Sarika is the school's only Sikh pupil.

An almost constant clash churns between school rules and religious expression. This is how other notable school and religious symbol cases have been decided in the UK:

  • In 2007, the High Court ruled that a girl suffered no discrimination when asked to remove her purity ring, which signifies her belief against premarital sex.
  • Also last year, a school told a Catholic pupil that she could not wear a crucifix on a chain due to safety concerns, but that she could wear it as a pin.
  • In 2006, a religious high school declared that non-Muslim girls had to wear headscarves while at school.
  • For more examples and pictures of the bangled pupil celebrating,

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    • In 2006 a teacher lost her discrimination suit after she was told she could not wear her headscarf during lessons.
    • In 2005 a school won an appeal, approving the school's policy against the jilbab, head-to-toe religious dress. Girls were allowed to wear the hijab headscarf.

    Perhaps the difficulty of finding a universal standard makes some advocate for no religious symbols in schools at all. Should the law look for a bright-line standard, or assess the specifics of the situation on a case-by-case basis?


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Lady-Boleyn Lady-Boleyn 8 years
They never resolved the whole was Ryan a father issue that was the cliff hanger of season 1. I didn't see Seth doing that! ;)
LibertySugar LibertySugar 8 years
Ha! You nailed it, Janneth ... down to the hottie whatever! But, yes hunter, Seth <i>was</i> a good boy.
LibertySugar LibertySugar 8 years
Ha! You nailed it, Janneth ... down to the hottie whatever! But, yes hunter, Seth was a good boy.
Lady-Boleyn Lady-Boleyn 8 years
Ryan messed up a lot! Not to knock my crush, but he wasn't THAT great all the time. Seth was more the moral compass. Ryan would act as a compass if it involved Marissa or some other damsel in distress. Sandy Cohen though, mmmmmhh he was just fab!
janneth janneth 8 years
The first couple of seasons of the OC were pretty good in my opinion. Even though EVERY week went like this: poor inner city Ryan, so morally superior to all the richies, would do something innocent that would get somebody pissed at him, then everybody (hottie grandpa, hottie parents, beautiful teens) would all get really dressed up to go to a charity event/grand opening/huge private party. A big fight would ensue during which Ryan would get a black eye and all the males were punching each other. One constant of every episode was that a waiter with a large silver tray of champagne flutes/hors d'oeuvres/stacks of dishes would accidently get hit and go down with the tray flying through the air, his body landing on the buffet table/swimming pool/hottie grandpa.
janneth janneth 8 years
The first couple of seasons of the OC were pretty good in my opinion.Even though EVERY week went like this: poor inner city Ryan, so morally superior to all the richies, would do something innocent that would get somebody pissed at him, then everybody (hottie grandpa, hottie parents, beautiful teens) would all get really dressed up to go to a charity event/grand opening/huge private party. A big fight would ensue during which Ryan would get a black eye and all the males were punching each other. One constant of every episode was that a waiter with a large silver tray of champagne flutes/hors d'oeuvres/stacks of dishes would accidently get hit and go down with the tray flying through the air, his body landing on the buffet table/swimming pool/hottie grandpa.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
:hug:
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
:hug:
Lady-Boleyn Lady-Boleyn 8 years
:notworthy: You are my idol/hero/inspiration!
Lady-Boleyn Lady-Boleyn 8 years
:notworthy: You are my idol/hero/inspiration!
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
You will not be disappointed.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
You will not be disappointed.
Lady-Boleyn Lady-Boleyn 8 years
Sigh. I am losing my breath just thinking of the possibilities :)
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I'm on it ;)
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I'm on it ;)
Lady-Boleyn Lady-Boleyn 8 years
Bale! I have liked him MUCH, MUCH longer! :love:
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Who do you want to be Photoshopped with first, Bale or Meyers?
Lady-Boleyn Lady-Boleyn 8 years
Yuck! Don't bother then. You have more important things-like our photoshop activities.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
;) Hunter--they're young, but no one I really care to comfort! I just sort of chuckled to myself. I'm personally much more afraid of things like tornadoes and typhoons (grew up in the Midwest, lots of family and time spent in Taiwan) than I am of earthquakes.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
;) Hunter--they're young, but no one I really care to comfort!I just sort of chuckled to myself. I'm personally much more afraid of things like tornadoes and typhoons (grew up in the Midwest, lots of family and time spent in Taiwan) than I am of earthquakes.
Lady-Boleyn Lady-Boleyn 8 years
Did you comfort the new dudes Jude? haha I just love you said dudes! P.S. Are they young and impressionable? ;) ;)
Lady-Boleyn Lady-Boleyn 8 years
Did you comfort the new dudes Jude? haha I just love you said dudes!P.S. Are they young and impressionable? ;) ;)
Lady-Boleyn Lady-Boleyn 8 years
Wow! I loved the Ryan Atwood reference. I just bought the complete series of the OC... suppose I should send some love over his way tonight ;)
rabidmoon rabidmoon 8 years
Ditto....I didn't see this in the news..just now saw your posts, glad you Cally gals are okay. :)
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
There were window washers on your building, steph? OMG! We've had earthquakes in Seattle, but I don't think it is anything near to what y'all get in Cali! I am so glad to hear that you are both safe, Jude and Stephley!
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