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A religious symbol, not a knife: at the heart of the NSW kirpan ban is a battle to define secularism

By Renae Barker, Senior Lecturer, The University of Western Australia
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The New South Wales government has put a temporary ban on Sikh students carrying a kirpan in public schools. The kirpan is a ceremonial dagger baptised Sikhs carry to symbolise their duty to stand up against injustice.

The ban was put in place after a 14-year-old boy used a kirpan to stab a 16-year-old at a high school in Sydney.

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