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UK Tory candidate forced to remove turban in Dubai

Flight delayed over being asked to remove Sikh bangle

UK Tory candidate forced to remove turban in Dubai
Image Source: Amandeep Singh Bhogal Twitter.

A Tory candidate in the UK general election was left stranded at Dubai Airport after he said his Sikh faith had been violated when he was asked to remove his Sikh bangle.

Amandeep Singh Bhogal, Northern Ireland's first-ever Sikh candidate for the upcoming election, was due to board a flight for London in Dubai but failed to board when he was asked to remove his turban and his Sikh bangle by officials at Dubai airport.

Bhogal took to Twitter to express his anger about being asked to remove the bangle, or Sikh Kara: “My Sikh faith being grossly violated at @DubaiAirports by @DubaiPoliceHQ as not being allowed leave until I take off & leave my Sikh bangle.”

Dubai Airports did contact Bhogal on Twitter to ask for his location, and said in reply, “Our team will get in touch with you shortly.”

In an update last night, following consular assistance from the UK Foreign Office, Bhogal said he had finally checked in to his British Airways flight, and was about to depart for London.

Arabian Business has contacted Dubai Airports for a comment, who said it was looking into the incident.

The Punjabi-born 31-year-old Bhogal is a former diplomatic administrator and foundry worker.

Although not favoured to win the election in the Upper Bann area of Northern Ireland, where David Simpson has held the seat since 2005, he has managed to cause quite a stir on the campaign trail, not least for his trademark blue turban.

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Mosa 5 years ago

At airports, top priority for authorities is the Safety aspect of the passengers/visitors, wearing hard metal on your wrist can be considered as a risk (Females wearing bangles, and men wearing bangles is not the same).
Which is why Mr. Singh must have been requested to remove it.

When under suspicion, even women who are completely veiled are requested to take off their hijabs in a separate cabin for inspection, so men cannot be an exception irrespective of their religion/tradition/culture.

Please don't make this a big deal by taking it personally.

james t 5 years ago

well done dubai airports! just following security protocols. well done.

Jess 5 years ago

Exactly Mosa. I know Emirati women who have been asked to (and happy to comply) remove any head coverings in the airport. I don't believe Mr Singh's case is one of discrimination.