Sikh pupil’s exclusion sparks row
A leading member of the Sikh community and a south Wales AM have spoken in support of a 14-year-old excluded from school for wearing a religious bangle. Sarika Singh has been temporarily excluded after Aberdare Girls School said her bangle or Kara broke its code of conduct, aimed at ensuring equality.
The secretary of Sikh Federation UK said the Kara was an article of faith and the school was breaking the law.
Leanne Wood AM said she was “surprised” by the school’s decision.
Governors said they had made their decision after significant study of the legal background.
Sarika Singh was excluded for a day on Monday, and on Tuesday her mother said she was told she had been excluded for a fixed period.