Drayton Manor Sikh issue

Theme park revokes Kirpan ban

Drayton Manor theme park have revoked their Kirpan ban, following negotiations with the Sikh Council UK.

The long-standing ban by the Midlands based theme park was challenged by the Sikh Council UK after a group of Sikhs were stopped from entering because of the wearing of the Kirpan in June this year. Since than, Sikh Council UK have discussed the issue and come to an agreement which stops the park’s discrimination against Sikhs.

The Kirpan is one of the punj kakkars (five Ks) which are five items Amritdhari (initiated) Sikhs are mandated to wear. The small sword is legal to wear under UK law, although private grounds can still choose to whether to allow Sikhs to come on their property with the Kirpan. The Kirpan is worn by thousands of Sikhs in the UK every day, including in schools and parliament.

Kirpan

Kirpan

A statement from the Drayton Manor on the outcome reads;

 
‘I am pleased to advise that we are changing our park regulations effective from Monday 14thAugust 2017 to allow Kirpans when following the below guidelines.
 
It will be our security team that will be conducting the inspections upon guests arriving at the park.
  
  • Upon arrival please notify a staff member if you are wearing a Kirpan to allow for a suitable inspection, please do allow additional time for such inspection.
  • The Kirpan should be no more than 6” in total.
  • The Kirpan should be worn securely under clothes, out of sight and difficult to access
  • The Kirpan should never be drawn from its sheath and a suitable clasp or mechanism to ensure it is not easily drawn should be incorporated.
  • Due to the nature of some of the high speed, vigorous rides within the park. The Kirpan should be strapped securely to the body to ensure it does not move about freely during physical activity.
  • Please note in the interest of public safety, individuals can expect that relevant searches and questions will take place. Non-compliance, or failure to follow the guidelines will result in refusal on the premises and park.’
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