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India protests Sikh golf coach's frisking in Italy

India protests Sikh golf coach's frisking in Italy

India has protested to the Italian ambassador in New Delhi over demands that a world-class golfer's Sikh coach remove his turban during an airport security check in Milan.
It was the second time in a week that Jeev Milkha Singh's coach Amritinder Singh had his turban frisked in the northern Italian city. Sikhs worldwide object to such searches as discriminatory and unnecessary in a world with machines for body scanning and metal detection.
Foreign Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna condemned the searches and said Indians' religious practices must be respected.
Italian Ambassador Giacomo Sanfelice di Monteforte said Wednesday the matter was "very disturbing" and promised that authorities in Rome and Milan were looking into it.


Updated : 2021-07-28 03:18 GMT+08:00