New rules allow Sikh 'Kirpan' at Indian airports

The Government of India has revoked the order banning Sikh employees and passengers from carrying Kirpan (religious sword/knife) at the airports.

Taking to Twitter, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member Manjinder Singh Sirsa informed that the Ministry of Civil Aviation has allowed Sikh employees to carry Kirpan at the airport during their duty. "The corrigendum removed the objectionable restriction. Employees (& passengers) can carry Kirpan at Indian airports," Sirsa tweeted.

"The length of the blade of kirpan carried by a Sikh passenger should not exceed 15.24 cms (6 inches), and the total length of a kirpan must not exceed 22.86 cms (9 inches)," said the copy of the order shared by Sirsa.
However, as per the order by Jaideep Prasad, Director General, BCAS, the Kirpan is allowed while travelling by air on Indian aircraft within India (domestic routes of total domestic flights only).

Meanwhile, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has greeted people on the occasion of Sikh New Year, expressing hopes that "Waheguru blesses everyone with good health and prosperity".

"Greetings at the start of the Sikh New Year. May Waheguru bless everyone with good health and prosperity. May the teachings of the Guru Sahibs keep illuminating the world with their brightness," tweeted PM Modion March 14.


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