First Sikh woman to be appointed as Judge of Canada SC


New Westminster (B.C.), June 24: Palbinder Kaur Shergill, an Indian-origin Sikh woman has been appointed as the Supreme Court Judge of British Columbia, Canada. An eminent human-rights lawyer, Shergill is an appointed Queen’s Counsel (Q.C.), who replaced Justice E.A. Arnold-Bailey.

The Canadian Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Jody Wilson-Raybould, announced the judicial appointments on Friday for the provinces of Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia, and Alberta.

According to the official appointment notification by Canadian government, “Shergill practiced as a lawyer and mediator with her law firm, Shergill & Company, Trial Lawyers.” The document also reports that Shergill was appointed Q.C. in 2012, and is a recipient of Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for Community Service. She has also been instrumental in “helping shape human rights and religious accommodation law in Canada through her pro bono work as General Legal Counsel for the World Sikh Organisation of Canada.”

Justice Shergill, who is the sole practitioner in her firm, was born in Rurka Kalan in Jalandhar, Punjab, and migrated to Canada at the age of four with her family. She grew up in William Lake, BC, and received her law degree from University of Saskatchewan. Justice Shergill not only volunteers as a high school debate coach, but also plays the tabla and harmonium, and is on her way towards attaining a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Sources: Canada Govt, HT



Sikh man shot by a stranger in the US

A week after Hyderabad trainee killing, a 39- year-old Sikh man in the United States was injured, as an unidentified person shot him. It was reported that the alleged shouted, “Go back to your own country.”

The victim has been identified as Deep Rai.

According to the Seattle Times, on Friday, Rai the resident of Kent in the Washington state was busy working on his vehicle outside his home when this stranger approached him.

Kent police mentioned that an argument had started between these two people. In addition, the victim said that the suspect made the statement in effect of the argument was, “go back to your own country.” Then the unidentified man shot him in the arm

Moreover, the victim has given the description of the shooter; he was the six-foot-tall white man and wearing a mask covering the lower half of his face.
Kent Police Chief, Ken Thomas said, the injuries are not life- threatening, but they are “treating this as a very serious incident.”
The report also mentioned, an investigation has started and Kent police have reached out to   the FBI and other “treating this as a very serious incident.”



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ABVP under fire for beating up a Sikh student

Touted as Rohith Vemula part deux, a 25 year old research student in Hyderabad was brutally beaten up by a group of goons mistaking him as a Kashmiri. Amol Singh, the victim was returning to his hostel after protesting against the police atrocities in Kashmir when a group of 20-25 ABVP men attacked him.

“The ABVP members knocked me down and hit me badly. When I ran, they chased me”, said Amol Singh. He further added that they mistook him for Bilal, a former student who was vocal about the rights of Kashmiri Muslims. There were around 50 students in the protest.

The meeting took place to protest the killings of a large number of Kashmiris and the blinding of youth by pellet guns. However, the ABVP thought that it was an unlawful assembly convened for anti-India talks. The University officials alleged that the meeting raised points of separate Kashmir and remembered Burhan Wani of Hizbul Mujahideen, who was killed in an encounter earlier this month.

Zameer Ahmed, a PhD scholar said, ‘ It is a bad idea to organise a meeting discussing Kashmir related issues. If they had asked me, I would say don’t do it.’ However, N. Sushil Kumar, ABVP leader shared that it was Singh and his friends who attacked ABVP students and heckled them.


SC says ban on Sardar jokes cannot be enforced

Responding to the PIL submitted by woman lawyer Harwinder Choudary seeking a ban on Sardar jokes, the Supreme Court has requested the Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management committee (DSGMC) to suggest ways in which people can be sensitized on the issue, rather than imposing ban on the same.

Stating that it has been more than 60 years of independence, Advocates RS Suri and APS Ahluwalia, appearing for DSGMC said that in spite of occupying prominent positions in the country, including that of Prime Minister, the Sikh community has been subjected to immense ridicule over ages, more so now with social media and websites aimed solely at this purpose.

The bench headed by Chief Justice TS Thakur claimed that though they acknowledged the role of the Sikh community in the development of the country, the court cannot p0ass orders that will be impossible to implement. The bench further added that another member from the community will soon head the Supreme Court, mentioning Justice J S Khehar who will become the first Sikh CJI in 2017.

The bench adjourned the matter, giving the petitioner and the DSGMC a period of six weeks to come up with suggestions that will help sensitize the issue.


Sources: India today , Indian express