Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Italian court upholds ban on Sikhs carrying knives

Italian court upholds ban on Sikhs carrying knives

The Italian Supreme Court has ruled against a Sikh migrant who wanted to carry a ceremonial knife in public. It said that migrants(प्रवासियों) who choose to live in Italy must respect Italian laws prohibiting the carrying of weapons even though many Sikhs regard ceremonial knives as sacred(धार्मिक).
The court acknowledged that diversity in a multi-ethnic society(बहु-जातीय समाज) is important.  But it ruled that public safety from weapons was of paramount importance and superseded(अधिक्रमण) an individual's rights.
The Sikh man in the case was appealing against another court's decision ordering him to pay a €2,000 fine (£1,700; $2,195) because he had been caught leaving his home in Goito, northern Italy, armed with a knife measuring nearly 20cm (7.8in), Italian media reported. The man had argued that his knife (or kirpan), as well as his turban(पगड़ी), were symbols of his religion and wearing them was part of his religious duty.
But the court in Rome ruled that migrants must ensure that their beliefs are legally compatible with host countries.
"[While] the multi-ethnic society is a necessity, public safety is an asset to be protected," the court ruled.
Amritdhari (initiated) Sikhs have been required to carry kirpans since the 17th Century, and insist it is not a weapon.

Definitions of sacred धार्मिक

connected with God (or the gods) or dedicated to a religious purpose and so deserving veneration.
sacred rites

synonyms: holy, hallowed, blessed, consecrated, sanctified, venerated, revered, blest


Definitions of supersede अधिक्रमण

take the place of (a person or thing previously in authority or use); supplant.
the older models have now been superseded

synonyms: replace, take the place of, take over from, succeed, supplant, displace, oust, overthrow, remove, unseat, fill someone's shoes/boots

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