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Sikh student forced to leave bar for wearing turban

Sikh student forced to leave bar for wearing turban

Sikh student forced to leave bar for wearing turban
Amrik Singh was told that the bar had a ‘no headgear’ policy. | Photo Credit: Facebook
Incident Details

Mar 09, 2018


United Kingdom

A Sikh law student in the U.K. felt “victimized” after he was evicted from a bar because he was wearing a turban, media reports said.

Amrik Singh, 22, claimed that he was ordered to leave Rush Late Bar in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, on Friday for wearing his religious headgear, BBC reported.

Singh claims he was ordered to leave Rush Late Bar in Mansfield, Notts, in the early hours of today. He tried to explain to a bouncer who approached him that the turban protected his hair and was part of his religion.

But he said his pleas were ignored - and Amrik was “dragged away“ from his friends before being removed from the venue.

Amrik, who is Sikh, was also allegedly told: "I didn't think you were allowed to come in a pub and drink anyway."

He posted about his experience on Facebook - along with a recording of a shocking conversation he had with staff in which his turban was compared to a pair of trainers.

A member of staff has now been suspended.

Amrik, of Nuneaton, Warks, wrote: "I'm heartbroken.

"I was today removed from a venue because I was wearing a turban. Whilst drinking a glass of coke, I was removed from a venue called 'Rush' in Mansfield.

"The reason why I was removed was because I refused to remove my turban.

"According to the venue, headgear is not allowed. Initially, I was allowed in however, I was removed after around 30 minutes."

Amrik said the bouncer had approached him saying that he needed to remove my turban.

He said: "I explained that a turban isn't just headgear, but part of my religion and that it protected my hair - and that I was allowed to wear a turban in public.

"The bouncer ignored this and said I needed to take it off. I refused and was subsequently dragged away from my friends.

"The fact that I was being removed because of my religious views really upset me. My ancestors have fought for the British army previously.

"Furthermore, me and my parents were born in Britain and all uphold British values.

"I was eventually let back into the venue but was told that I would not be allowed back in in the future because of my headwear."

Amrik, who is a final year law student at Nottingham Trent University, added: "The worst part of it was the fact he compared my turban to wearing a pair of trainers."

In a statement to the Labour councillor for Mansfield, Sonya Ward, Rush Late Bar said that it was not their policy.

Ms Ward shared the statement on Twitter.

It read: "Good morning, this is absolutely NOT our policy. We are investigating this incident and the security member in question has been suspended."

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