The Christian School’s uniform policy did not allow students to wear any type of religious head covering.
A Sikh family in Australia has won the legal battle against a Christian school which refused to enrol their five-year-old son because of his turban.
Sidhak Singh Arora was due to start prepratory at the Melton Christian College (MCC) in Melbourne’s north-west, this year.
But his patka (children’s turban) does not comply with School’s Uniform Policy which prohibits the students from wearing any type of the religious head covering.
Sagardeep Singh Arora and his wife Anureet stated that school breached Equal Opportunity Act act by not allowing Sidhak to wear the patka when they tried to enrol him in 2016.
Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) ruled in parents’ favour, finding that School had discriminated against Sidhak.
“Whilst MCC is a Christian school, it has an open enrolment policy which means that it accepts the enrolments of the students from other faiths”.
VCAT’s order further added that,”School could have amended its uniform policy to allow Sidhak to wear the turban in school colours, the VCAT”.
Arora’s had previously stated that they still wanted Sidhak to attend School, as it is where his cousins study, and it is close to their home.
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