Amritsar, May 24
Showing concern about the ban on kirpan by the Supreme Court of Cassation, Amritsar Member of Parliament Gurjeet Singh Aujla today met Luigi Estero, minister counsellor, Deputy Head of Mission, and Luigi Gentile, first secretary, Political Affairs at the Embassy of Italy in New Delhi.
Luigi assured him that unlike the Supreme Court of India, the judgment of the Supreme Court of Italy applies only on individuals involved in the case and not on the entire community.
The judgments of Italian courts do not become law as is prevalent in India. Hence, there is no ban on carrying/wearing religious symbols in Italy as is considered by many. However, every individual will have to obey the law of the land.
Aujla said the meeting was fruitful and many confusions in this regard were clarified.
He said there was a chaos since the judgment given by the Supreme Court of Italy but the officials explained facts.
“They apprised me that Italy respects Sikhs as a peace-loving and progressive community. Hence, the government is always willing to discuss various matters and reach an amicable solution to such identity issues,” he said.
Meanwhile, Aujla also submitted a memorandum to the Italy ambassador in this regard. He also appreciated organisations which are working to resolve identity and symbol issues of Sikhs.
“Being a parliamentarian from Amritsar, the holy city, I requested the Italy Government and the Supreme Court to reconsider issues related to Sikhs. It is understood that the courts in that country are bound to take up the issues as per the law of the land,” he said. — TNS
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