Sikhism in Wales

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The arrival of Sikhism in Wales is relatively recent and at Census 2011 there were 2,962 Sikhs in the country representing 0.1% of the population.[1]

Sikhs have faced some difficulties in Wales: in 2000, a popular Sikh was murdered in a racial motivated attack in Port Talbot.[2] The issue of Sikhism in Wales again came to wider attention in 2008 when the only Sikh pupil at Aberdare Girls' School was banned from school for refusing to remove her Kara[3] though the High Court eventually ruled that the school had been wrong to exclude her.[4]

The first purpose-built Sikh gurdwara was opened in Cardiff in 1989.[5]

See also


  1. "2011 Census: KS209EW Religion, local authorities in England and Wales". Retrieved 15 December 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. [1], 17 April 2000
  3. 'Bangle' girl begins ruling wait BBC News, 19 June 2008
  4. 'Proud to be Welsh and a Sikh'. Schoolgirl wins court battle to wear religious bangle, 30 July 2008
  5. Wales BBC News, accessed 24 March 2009

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