new Delhi. The Central Government has lifted the ban imposed on the carrying of kirpan of Sikh passengers at the airports of the country. This step has been taken after protests by Sikh organizations and Sikh religious leaders. Recently, the Ministry of Civil Aviation had banned Sikh employees and passengers from keeping kirpans at airports. After this, a Sikh employee was stopped from doing duty with a kirpan at the Guru Ramdas International Airport in Amritsar.
In a tweet by BJP leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa, information has been given about the amended order issued regarding the removal of this ban. Along with this, Sirsa has also expressed gratitude to the Central Government and the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation.
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size of saber
In view of the opposition of the Sikh community, the ministry has now issued a revised order allowing Sikh employees and passengers to carry the kirpan and has also fixed the size of the kirpan. The length of the blade of the kirpan should not exceed 15.24 cm and the total length of the kirpan should not exceed 22.86 cm. Sabers of this size are allowed only for Indian flights operating from domestic terminals.
kirpan is important for sikhs
In the beliefs of Sikhism, it is mandatory for all Sikhs to wear hair, kada, kirpan, comb and briefs. Amritdhari Sikhs wear all these. Sikh men and women often keep the kirpan hanging on the waist.
SGPC president also wrote a letter
Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) President Harjinder Singh Dhami wrote a letter to Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia in protest against the ban on kirpan at the airport and called it an attack on religious freedom of Sikhs. He had demanded that this ban should be removed immediately.
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Sirsa expressed gratitude to Prime Minister Modi
While tweeting a copy of the government’s order to lift the ban on the kirpan, Sirsa has thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Civil Aviation Minister Scindia. He wrote in his tweet, – ‘Restriction of Sikh passengers and employees to carry kirpan in air travel while on duty has been lifted. Sikh staff and passengers can now take the kirpan to Indian airports.
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