The Reason Why This Child Was Banned From A Melbourne School
A Melbourne family has launched legal action against a Christian School for banning their child from wearing his traditional Sikh Patka, a turban worn by children.
Sidhak Singh Arora, 5, was due to start prep at Melton Christian College, in Melbourne's north-west, this year.
However, his Patka does not comply with the school’s uniform policy which prohibits students from wearing any type of religious head covering.
His family have now taken their fight to VCAT, claiming his school has breached the Equal Opportunity
Outside court, the boy's father Sagardeep Singh Arora said he was surprised the school would not make an exemption for his son.
"I was very surprised in an advanced country like Australia, they are still not allowing us to wear patka in the school," he said.
"On the basis of
Sikdhak has now been enrolled at another school but his parents hope Melton Christian College will be forced to change its policy so he can enrol there instead.
The VCAT hearing was told the college had an open enrollment policy which allowed children of all faiths to enrol.
Principal David Gleeson gave evidence that a number of Sikh students attend the school but do not wear the
"I think one of the real strengths of the college is that we're blind to … everyone is blind to religious affiliations," he said.
"Anything additional to the uniform isn't allowed."
The hearing will continue on Wednesday.