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Sikh 24: Sikh says he can’t get on jury because of his religion

posted by Randall

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A Sikh man says he’s being denied the right to sit on a jury because of his faith.

A small 6 inch dagger known as a kirpan is a fundamental part of the Sikh faith.

But 6 inch daggers are banned from the Sutter County Courthouse in California.

Gursant Singh, a Sikh, refuses to compromise his faith and hand over his kirpan to court security.

Because of that, Singh has been banned from sitting on a jury.

Sikh24 reports Singh is taking a stand and hopes his action will lead to a change of the rules.

I feel very strongly that as a citizen of the United States that I should be able to serve as a juror,” Singh told CBS Sacramento.”[But] they’ve put me in a position. Either I violate my code of conduct with my religion, or I break the law.”

Singh posted a video on You Tube elaborating on his position.

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