A Sikh truck driver was arrested in January for refusing to hand over a ceremonial knife called a 'kirpan' after being pulled over for having a flat tire. Jagjeet Singh, 49, was then further humiliated two months later when the Mississippi judge ordered him to remove “that rag,” which is a religious turban worn on the head to cover the hair. According to the New York Daily News on Sept. 28, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is now involved in representing Singh with two different complaints.
It is alleged the arresting officers mocked and laughed at Singh, including one officer calling all Sikhs “depraved and terrorists.” In the complaint, the ACLU's lawyer contends the law enforcement officials abused their authority and did not have a 'license' to degrade or harass people who follow Sikhism. Additionally, the judge's behavior was described as despicable by the ACLU complaint.
Sikh, pronounced 'SEEK,' refers to people who ascribed to Sikhism which is a monotheistic religion (one God). More than half of Sikhs wear turbans to cover their hair. It is believed Sikhs are prohibited to cut their hair out of respect for God's creations.
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