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New York, January 27
As India marked the 68th Republic Day, several Sikhs held protests outside the UN headquarters here against the Indian Constitution, raising pro-Khalistan slogans and demanding the world body’s intervention to protect the community.The Sikhs held a “liberation rally” on Thursday alleging that the Indian Constitution denied religious freedom to the Sikh community. Carrying placards that read ‘Wake up UN’ and ‘Sikh Referendum 2020’, they shouted slogans demanding “freedom” for Punjab.
The protesters also demanded a UN intervention to protect Sikhs and raised slogans in favour of an independent Sikh state of Khalistan.Rights group Sikhs for Justice sent a communique to Ahmed Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief urging him to condemn provisions of the Indian Constitution which, they claimed, violated religious freedom and identity of Sikhs by labelling them as ‘Hindus’.The SFJ legal adviser said the group would lobby with the UN for bringing a resolution in the General Assembly on the issue of Sikhs’ religious freedom in India.The rally was organised by the Gurdwara Sikh Cultural Society of Richmond Hill with the support of management committees of gurdwaras in the tri-state area. PTI