A Sikh girl who took her fight for the right to wear a religious bangle at school to the High Court has won a landmark claim for discrimination which could impact on schools across the country.
Sarika Watkins-Singh, 14, won the case against Aberdare Girls’ School in South Wales, which excluded her in November 2007 for breaking its “no jewellery” policy after she refused to take off her religious bangle, known as the Kura.
Today, judge Stephen Silber declared that the school was guilty of indirect discrimination under race relations and equality laws.
The ruling sets a precedent for other schools, who will no longer be able to prevent pupils wearing the religious symbol under their school uniform policies.
I still dislike the idea that a belief deserves special treatment as soon as it is labelled "religious". If "religious" symbols are allowed, what makes them more significant that symbols denoting all kinds of other beliefs that people hold important? Peace symbols, for example?