As reported by multiple sources, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed suit on behalf of Harpal Singh Cheema, a Sikh, who has been imprisoned "since 1997 while awaiting a decision on his asylum application." According to an ACLU press release,"While the Sikh faith requires men to cover their heads at all times, Yuba County jail authorities will not permit Cheema to leave his bed with his head covered."
The suit, filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, argues that "the restrictions on Cheema’s religious practice violate religious freedom as guaranteed by the First Amendment and federal laws, including the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. "
The complaint is available here.
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