In Melbourne, a 5-year-old Sikh student was reportedly denied admission in a Christian school because he wears patka, a children’s turban. In response to this, his family has launched a legal battle against the school which named as, Melton Christian College.
According to the school’s uniform policy, students are prohibited from wearing any type of religious head covering.
The Sikh family has taken their case to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) which was formed under the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 1998.
The boy’s father Sagardeep Singh Arora said that the school had ruptured the state’s Equal Opportunity Act. His son, Sidhak Singh Arora was discriminated on the behalf of religious grounds.
According to the ScoopWhoop, he said: “I was very surprised in an advanced country like Australia, they are still not allowing us to wear patka in the school. On the basis of that, they are not giving enrollment in the school. I believe students should be allowed to practice their religion and should be allowed to wear their article of faith.”