Brussels, May 20 (IANS) — In France, Sikhs are being asked to remove the turbans for driving licence photographs. A French law banning the Sikh turban, along with other religious articles of faith, in schools is already in place since March 2004.
At several European airports, immigration officials ask Sikhs to remove their turbans for identification, reported New Europe, a weekly European magazine.
In countries like Belgium and Germany, Sikhs are being refused administrative jobs if they insist on wearing turbans, and in Italy, the Sikh community is facing problems in establishing gurdwaras.
In the European Parliament, Sikhs are not allowed entry for security concerns if they carry the Kirpan (a ceremonial dagger), an essential article of faith for all practising Sikhs.
Gill promised the delegation that she would follow up on the issues raised by them.
She said there was ignorance about the Sikh faith in Europe and proposed to hold an exhibition later this year to raise awareness about Sikhs and the Sikh way of life.
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