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Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Sikhs vs. Quebec - Round 2

After a major nationwide victory allowing their children to go to school wearing ceremonial daggers last week, Quebec Sikhs have another cultural battle on their hands.

This time the fight is between Sikh truck drivers and the Montreal Port Authority.

Quebec Sikhs are angry about a new law that requires all truck drivers coming into the Port to wear hard hats.

Sikh truck drivers say that wearing a helmet is not possible because it is against their religion to remove their turbans.

Prithvi Saluja, a Quebec Sikh, argues that throughout history Sikhs have preformed dangerous tasks without helmets.

"Indian Sikhs have served the Royal British Army in World War One and WWII and they didn't wear helmets at that time, they didn't need extra protection from the bullet," Sulaja said. [Link]

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