Bokaro: Saraswati Vidya Mandir at Dugdha has earned the ire of the Sikh community after it stopped Karandeep Singh of Class 10 from entering the examination hall on May 13 unless he leaves his ‘kirpan’ (a single-edged knife carried by Sikhs) outside. The Sikh Welfare Society of Jharkhand wrote to the Prime Minister office (PMO), seeking action against the CBSE-affiliated school and its principal for hurting their religious sentiments.
The school, on the other hand, on Monday wrote to the CBSE, seeking guidance. The school management said it received verbal consent from Patna-based CBSE’s regional officer to allow entry to the student with ‘kirpan’.
Principal Rameshwar Pathak said, “We are sorry for the May 13 incident as we respect Sikh beliefs and practices. The CBSE guidelines lack instructions on allowing ‘kirpan’ inside the examination hall. We had tried to get permission from the CBSE on the day of incident but in vain. So, we requested the student to leave the kirpan outside with me. I rang up the regional officer of CBSE, Patna, Jagdish Burman on Monday and sought verbal permission for the student as two papers are scheduled this week. We expect the written permission.” They called the student’s father Tarsem Singh on Monday to apologise, he added.
Sikh Welfare Society president Sewa Singh said a Sikh cannot keep the five ‘kakars’ away from the body. “It seems that the principal and school administration intentionally hurt the sentiments of the student. This is not only an insult to the Sikh Panth, but also a violation of the fundamental rights of the Constitution.”
A delegation of the Sikh community met Bokaro DC Kuldeep Chaudhary and saught action against the school management.





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