Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Bhai Ranjit Singh (82), who fought a legal battle against the French Government to keep intact his identity as a turbaned Sikh, has returned to India with pain in his heart. He rues that neither any Sikh outfit nor the Indian Government helped him in his two-decade-long fight.
Ranjit, who was born in Shahpur village of Ambala, Haryana, had left for France in 1991. Then, he was issued an ID with the turban and it was due for renewal in 2001.
He took on the French Government and on June 12, 2012, the UN Human Rights Committee concluded that France had violated the religious freedom of Ranjit. But the French Government refused to extend social security allowance.