A Sikh teenager excluded from a Welsh school for breaking a “no jewelry” rule by refusing to remove a wrist bangle which is central to her faith was a victim of unlawful discrimination, a judge ruled Tuesday.
As a result of the judgment in the High Court, Sarika Watkins-Singh, 14, will be returning to Aberdare Girls’ School, in South Wales, in September — wearing the Kara, a slim steel bracelet.
Her lawyers had told Justice Silber that the Kara was as important to her as it was to England spin bowler Monty Panesar, who has been pictured wearing the bangle.
Sarika, of mixed Welsh and Punjabi origin, of Cwmbach, near Aberdare, was at first home schooled, and eventually excluded for refusing to take off the bangle in defiance of the school’s policy, which prohibits the wearing of any jewelry other than a wrist watch and plain ear studs.
Today, the judge declared that the school was guilty of indirect discrimination under race relations and equality laws.
After the judgment, Sarika’s mother, Sinita, 38, said: “We are over the moon. It is just such a relief.”