New Delhi: President of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee Manjinder Singh Sirsa had written to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar about an incident where an Air India (AI) pilot was discriminated for wearing a turban, stated a report.
“Wish to share with you the harassment faced by Air India official, Capt Simranjeet Singh Gujaral at Madrid Airport. He was subjected to radical discrimination because of his turban,” read the letter written by Manjinder Singh Sirsa, according to news agency ANI.
Calling the incident a case of bias and racism towards Sikhs, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Sirsa stated that the airport officials had asked the Sikh AI pilot to remove his headgear in spite of him crossing the metal detector. Manjinder Singh Sirsa also urged the External Affairs Minister to raise this issue at the international level, especially with the Spain government.
“All this happened despite Captain Gujral clearing the metal detectors. Truly, this is a case of bias and racial attitude towards Sikhs at the Madrid airport,” stated news agency ANI quoting Sirsa.
Citing earlier incidents where the Sikhs were manhandled by Madrid airport officials, the SAD leader outlined in his letter which read, “As you are well aware, the turban is the essence of a Sikh’s identity and it is important to create awareness at the global level about how sensitive Sikhs are about their turban.”
It must be noted that the SAD leader got to know about the incident after the AI pilot had on Tuesday informed about the mistreatment by Madrid airport officials to Sirsa. “I got a call from Captain Simran Gujral from the AIR INDIA flying AI 136 who was harassed at Madrid Airport where the airport officials mistreated him just because he was wearing turban. This is a racial behaviour and a disrespect towards Sikh turban,” tweeted Sirsa.