Melbourne School Change their Uniform Policy for a Sikh Boy
Melbourne, Australia: A prep school in North West Melbourne, Australia has changed it’s uniform policy to ensure the enrollment of five year, Sidhak Singh.
Melton Christian College refused the admission is young Sidhak last year because he wore a Dastaar/Turban which is a head covering worn by Sikhs around the World, including children.
Sidhak Singh’s family have to taken their fight to Victorian Administrative and Civil Tribunal (VCAT), claiming the school had breached the state’s Equal Opportunity Act by discriminating against their son on religious grounds. Where, Victorian Administrative and Civil Tribunal in Sept 2017 found that Sidhak Singh had been unlawfully discriminated by Melton Christian College when they had refused to enroll him because he wore Dastaar.
Victorian Administrative and Civil in September issued that Melton Christian College had indirectly discriminated against Sidhak Singh. They Violated section 38 of the equal Opportunity Act 2010 of Victoria that prohibits discrimination by an educational authority in the enrollment of students. Also The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission also shows their interest and said in a statement that, “The Victorian Civil and Adminstrative Tribunal’s decision in the Arora v Melton Christian College case was an important test for clarifying the exceptions in the Equal Opportunity Act 2010. This is the first time that these exceptions from discrimination have been considered in Victorian courts or Tribunals.”
After Victorian Administrative and Civil Tribunal ruling Sidhak Singh’s father, Sargardeep Singh said that, “I was approached by UNITED SIKHS a Sikh rights group in January this year when they learnt that I did not have legal representation. They assist me and arranged pro Bono representation by Herbert Smith Freehills, a top law firm in Australia,” And After this VCAT ordered both parties (Sidhak Parents and MCC) to attend all conference and then both parties issued this statement.
MCC is founded on Christian doctrine and is committed to being an inclusive school partnering with families in order to provide excellend education, including Christian education. MCC, Sagardeep Singh Arora and Anureet Kaur Arora are pleased to have resolved the matter of the enrollment of the Arora son’s, Sidhak Singh, which was the subject of proceedings before the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal under the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic). MCC has made amendments to its uniform policy to allow exceptions where genuine medical or religious grounds exists, such that Sidhak Singh will able to start at MCC in the beginning of 2018 School year.
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