Canadian gurdwara sacks member for assault on white woman teacher

March 22nd, 2008 - 10:04 am ICT by admin  

Vancouver, March 22 (IANS) The Khalsa Diwan Society, the oldest Sikh body in North America that runs Canada’s oldest gurdwara on Ross Street here, has suspended one of its executive members on charges of assaulting a white woman teacher at a society-run school. The suspended member had allegedly assaulted the teacher when he went to deliver the mail last Thursday at the Guru Nanak Elementary School just across the street.

“Sometimes the postman leaves school letters at the gurdwara address at 8000 Ross Street. These letters are later delivered by some of our staff to the school. That day, this member went to the school at 5 p.m. when he allegedly assaulted the white teacher,” former gurdwara president Jarnail Singh Bhandal told IANS.

He said: “The culprit is in his 60s and a new member-at-large of our executive. We have suspended him indefinitely.”

Bhandal said the police have refused to press the charges against this man because of lack of evidence.

“Since there were no witnesses, it will be difficult for the police to prove these charges in court. We also don’t want our name to be muddied,” he said.

School principal Devinder Singh Maan, who initially wanted a strong action against the Sikh man, has also relented.

“Basically, the matter has been sorted out. The man has been suspended by the Khalsa Diwan Society, and the police are not going ahead with the charges,” Maan told IANS.

“The teacher is fine and doing her usual work. I have met parents of the kids who were concerned after the incident,” he said.

Maan added: “We wanted the culprit to be charged by the police, but we should not now dwell on it any more.”

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