Italian court banned Sri Sahib

By 16th May 2017 0 Comments


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The Italian Supreme court has banned Sikh Kakkar Sri Sahib.
The Italian Supreme Court has ruled against a Sikh who wanted to carry a kirpan in public saying migrants in the Western world must conform to the values of the society they had chosen to settle in.
The Italian High Cassation Court on Monday ruled against the Sikh Indian migrant who wanted to carry a kirpan even as it was against the Italian law, the Italian news agency ANSA reported.
The court said migrants who chose to live in the Western world had an obligation to conform to the values of the society they had chosen to settle in, even if its values differed from their own.“An attachment to one’s own values, even if they are lawful in the country of origin, is intolerable when it violates the laws of the host country,” the court said.
“The multi-ethnic society is a necessity, but it can’t lead to the formation of conflicting cultural groups of islands according to the ethnicities they’re made up of, precluding the unity of the cultural and judicial fabric of our country, which identifies public safety as an asset to defend and as such bans carrying weapons and objects aimed at injury,” the court said.
The Sikh man, who has not been named, was appealing against another court’s decision ordering him to pay 2,000 euros in fine because he had been caught leaving his home in Goito, northern Italy, armed with a knife measuring nearly 20 cm, the BBC reported, citing local media.

According to BBC Report:
The Italian Supreme Court has ruled against a Sikh migrant who wanted to carry a ceremonial knife in public.
It said that migrants who choose to live in Italy must respect Italian laws prohibiting the carrying of weapons even though many Sikhs regard ceremonial knives as sacred.
The court acknowledged that diversity in a multi-ethnic society is important.
But it ruled that public safety from weapons was of paramount importance and superseded an individual’s rights.
The Sikh man in the case was appealing against another court’s decision ordering him to pay a €2,000 fine (£1,700; $2,195) because he had been caught leaving his home in Goito, northern Italy, armed with a knife measuring nearly 20cm (7.8in), Italian media reported.

The man had argued that his knife (or kirpan), as well as his turban, were symbols of his religion and wearing them was part of his religious duty.
But the court in Rome ruled that migrants must ensure that their beliefs are legally compatible with host countries.
“[While] the multi-ethnic society is a necessity, public safety is an asset to be protected,” the court ruled.
Orthodox Sikhs have been required to carry kirpans since the 17th century, and insist it is not a weapon.

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