India explodes with outrage over ban on Sikh students bringing traditional knives to NSW schools - sparking calls for foreign minister to intervene
Indian Sikhs have asked India's foreign minister to prevent the NSW go nment's ban on ceremonial knifes in public schools.
The state go nment outlawed the kirpan - a ceremonial re gious dagger - after a 14-year-old at Glenwood High School in Sydney's west used one to stab a 16-year-old student on May 6.
The northwest Indian Sikh organisation has asked India's external affairs minister to intervene to try and prevent the ban, and also appealed to the country's high commissioner to Australia.
'The ban was imposed following an in dent ... when a 14-year-old Sikh student who had been bullied at the school used his kirpan and unfortunately injured another student,' the letter by Presi nt of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, Bibi Jagir Kaur said.
Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak委员会主席Bibi Jagir Kaur 在信中表示：“这项禁令是在一起事故之后实施的……一名14岁的锡克教学生在学校受到欺负，他用自己的匕首，不幸地伤了另一名学生。”
'Such an in dent does not give anyone the to oppress the entire community.
'The kirpan is not a knife or a dagger but for the Sikhs it is an article of fa th with deep meaning and purpose [and] is worn in schools all over the world without any in dent.'
Large Sikh organisations from the United Kingdom and Canada have also publicly opposed the ban.
'I have to make sure that our schools are safe places for our students and staff and that's why we need to take this action,' education minister Sarah Mitchell said about the prohibition.
Scotty Morrison, Cronulla, Australia
If you don't like it then your welcome to leave
Whippersnipper, Esk, Australia
Indias rage should be kept for whats going on in their own country.
Phoebe Figalilly, Brigadoon, Australia
You live in our country, you live by our rules. No knives, no guns, no wons of any sort should be allowed in schools.
OLDBRISTOL, ADELAIDE, Australia
NO STUDENTS SHOULD CARRY KNIFES.
MsNic17, Brisbane, Australia
I would have thought there would be other more pressing issues that should be addressed? Also, this is Australia, not India.
Janesmith1989, Sydney, Australia
With all the deaths in India , you would think that they have more things to winge about !
romaamor, Toowoomba, Australia
Concerned.com, Sydney, Australia
No knifes in schools! Simple. These are the rules no matter what creed or re gion or background you're from. Done.
Ianknows19744, Somewhere, Åland Islands
No wons in schools.
greggar, scunthorpe, United Kingdom
Very sensible. Kids can't be trusted with knives.
TeamRF, Commonwealth of, Australia
THIS IS AUSTRALIA! Consider yourself lucky to be here and abide by OUR laws or leave
My-6d-worth, London, United Kingdom
These types of questions are always going to be tricky in a multicultural society.
moni_au, Sydney, Australia
Schools should be safe places, carrying a won re gious or not, is not in line with that.
Mantis 59, Adede, Australia
Re gion is not an excuse.
Dusted, Rural vic, Australia
But this is Australia, not India. In Australia, we don't allow wons in our schools.
Gillian G, Sydney, Australia
People should think twice before submitting an application to immigrate to country where lifestyle does not meet their requirements.
geoffwitts, Perth Western Australia
This is Australia, not India.
Viking III, Australia
Use a rubber knife
the worlds gone mad , mytown, Australia
Re gious or not, knives do not belong on the playground
B-e-e-d-e-i-s-o-n, Terra Firma, Australia
You live in Australia and the rules apply to you too.