The news that a Sikh boy’s fair was forcibly cut by another pupil at school has shocked and disgusted Sikhs in the United Kingdom. The incident occurred on May 21 at Alexandra Mcleod School Abbey Wood in South London, when a 5-year-old Sikh kid had his hair cut with scissors by another pupil at their primary school.
J.K. Purewal, the boy’s mother, expressed her disgust in a Facebook post while asking that the school act against bullying. “We are really scared to send him to school. Don’t know what to do to secure him in future,” she said in a Facebook post. Mrs Purewal further stated that her son had been left really upset. The family is in touch with local Sikh organizations and has requested that their son’s pictures not be shared online due to privacy reasons.
Other parents at the school have stated that this incident cannot be classified as a hate crime due to the age of the students; however, they have requested that the school secure the safety of all pupils and teach about the Sikh faith’s values. For many, though, this episode brought back memories of another occurrence in Manchester in 1997, when a 13-year-old Sikh boy committed suicide after being bullied. Vijay Singh was an intelligent student who was constantly bullied because of his patka and uncut hair. He was bullied for a long time and eventually took his own life.