Allow sikhs to wear kirpan on international flights

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I am research scholar at IIT Delhi. I want to pursue my postdoc from foreign country. However, I am not able to pursue my idea owing to; ban on wearing kirpan (Sikh religious symbol-sword) in international flights.

Kirpan is mandatory sikh religious symbol, which every amritdhari (baptized) sikh can’t remove from his body; for even small time according to sikh code of conduct. India allows Sikh passenger to wear kirpan of maximum 9 inch with 6 inch blade in national flights. US and Canada allows kirpan with 6 cm blade to be worn in national flights.

Canada has recently allowed Sikhs to wear kirpan with 6 cm blade in international flights as well. I would request Ministry of Civil Aviation of Government of India, to allow Sikhs to wear kirpan of atleast 6 cm blade in international flights. This will help many amritdhari (baptized) sikhs in future.

India is secular democratic country and Sikhs have suffered maximum for its independence. Country like Canada is allowing Sikhs to wear kirpan in international flights, then why can’t India. I would again request Ministry of Civil Aviation of Government of India to allow Sikhs to wear kirpan in international flights.



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