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Amritdhari Sikh In Denmark Fights For Kirpan!

Ripudaman Singh, a Sikh youth resident of Denmark, was found 'guilty' for carrying a 6-inch Kirpan.

 

 

 

Jathadar of Sri Akaal Takath has called upon the SGPC to take action to help this Sikh to reverse the verdict.

 

This case is unique under the circumstances via which it came to light. Ripudaman Singh was not in fact arrested by the police but declared his kirpan to the security at the US embassy in Copenhagen a year ago, along with the assurance that he would get his kirpan back. But to his surprise the security called the police and he was then charged for carrying a 'dagger' with the length exceeding 7cms as permitted by Danish law.

 

A fine of 3000 kroners (more than 500 dollars) was imposed on Ripudaman Singh, who has been a PhD student of Human Genetics at the University of Aarhus for the past years.

 

For in depth report on this news go to http://www.panthic.org/news/124/ARTICLE/1278/2005-05-01.html?sid=e1cbbdd9befa5b94f6a965c7ffd6cc92


 


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"Swiss army knife maker launches Sikh kirpans"
By newsmaker on Thursday, May 03, 2007 (CST)

(Reuters, September 1, 2004)

Swiss army knife maker Victorinox launched a series of Sikh religious knives or 'kirpans' in India on Wednesday to mark the 400th anniversary of the installation of the religion's sacred book at its holiest shrine.

A company official said the ceremonial knife, which all devout Sikhs are required to carry, was a symbolic product aimed at middle class Sikhs.

"There are 25 million Sikhs in the world and this is a very symbolic product. This is not a thing that we will sell as a commodity," said Anish Goel, the Indian representative of Victorinox, the larger of the two official makers of the Swiss army knife.

The single-edged kirpan, sold with a case and a belt worn over the shoulder, is available in two sizes -- 3.6 inches and 7.2 inches. The knives will retail at 1,360 rupees and 3,400 rupees in India and will be sold through 450-odd retail outlets in the country.

Kirpans are generally sold outside Sikh temples, or gurdwaras. Local versions retail at between 100 and 600 rupees.

Goel said over 10 million rupees were spent on the dyes and designs for the Victorinox kirpans. He gave no estimates for sales.

Sikhism, the world's fifth largest religion, was started in the 16th century by Guru Nanak, a religious teacher who assimilated ideas from Hinduism and Islam, the dominant religions in South Asia at the time.

Sikh religious leaders, surrounded by thousands of chanting devotees, carried their religious book, the Granth Sahib, to Amritsar's Golden Temple on Wednesday to mark 400 years since the book was first brought to the north Indian shrine.

Sikhs have regarded the Guru Granth Sahib as the spiritual head of their faith ever since the 10th guru, Guru Gobind Singh, named the holy book as his eternal successor before he died in 1708.

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Kirpan posters come to Sikhs' help in US
By newsmaker on Thursday, May 03, 2007 (CST)

WASHINGTON: With a view to assuage the feelings of Sikh Americans who have been involved in rows with security personnel over possession of kirpans, the US department of homeland security and a Sikh outfit have reached an agreement to display posters of various ceremonial daggers at checkpoints across the country to assist screeners.

Under the agreement reached between the department and the Sikh American Legal Defence and Education Fund, posters will be distributed to federal facilities, showing photos of different kirpans ranging from a symbolic necklace some women wear to the more common three-to-six-inch daggers, as well as full-on swords , Washington Post reported.

In the last two years, Sikhs have been arrested, threatened with arrest or harassed in disputes with guards over kirpan. The poster tells security workers how to navigate the situation: "Respectfully ask if a Sikh is carrying a kirpan. If so, request to inspect the kirpan," it reads.

"If a kirpan must be confiscated, explain the reason(s) and handle the kirpan with respect and care." For Sikh Americans, this is a huge and significant accomplishment," Manjit Singh, co-founder and chairman of Legal Fund, told Post. The poster also tells screeners to "show respect to all variations of faith."

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