Posted by: becketfund | August 13, 2007

Ireland: National Police Prohibits Sikh Officers from Wearing Turbans

The Independent reports that Irish Integration Minister Conor Lenihan has backed a ruling by Ireland’s Garda Síochána (National Police) that a Sikh member of the Garda Reserve will not be permitted to wear his turban while serving in the Reserves. The man, an IT professional, was told by Lenihan that “immigrants [to Ireland] must accept our culture”. The Garda is currently considering various policies on headgear for those who work with the force and in the reserves.

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