Upset as Sikh symbol used to vandalise protest banner
Secondary school campaigners report the incident to police
POLICE are investigating graffiti scrawled on protest banners near a Sikh free school.
The ‘Say no to a secondary school in Stoke Poges’ banner in Hollybush Hill, Stoke Poges, was daubed with black marker in the shape of the Khanda, a symbol encapsulating the doctrine of the Sikh faith.
Police were notified on January 28, and have said neighbourhood officers are making enquiries.
Sikhs living in the village have anonymously taken to social media to explain how upsetting it was to see the symbol used in such a way.
The Khanda, symbolises the Sikh doctrine Deg Tegh Fateh,
Banner defaced by using the Sikh religious symbol in Stoke Poges bringing together the military, with the double edged sword, chakkar, for peace and two single edged swords to show the integration of both spiritual and temporal sovereignty.
Vice chairman of the parish council Saera Carter said: “When we found out we notified the police who investigating it.
“It’s a sensitive matter as it is a religious symbol, important to the Sikhs.
“There are about six to eight banners across the village as agreed with the district council and to have them defaced like this is disgusting.
“This is not the way for
are people to opinions.
“This is not about race, and we feel sorry for the Sikhs who have had to see their symbol used in this way.”
Campaigners have said the graffiti distracts from the main issue – the recent application by the education secretary
their applying for permission for acoustic barriers.
Mrs Carter added: “This was like using the Star of David for Jews, it is another attempt to distract from the real issue.
“Noise barriers are not the answer, there is no way of knowing if they will work and no way of stopping children going around them.”
The application is in response to complaints raised in an inquiry looking into the school’s occupation of the site, held last year, where neighbours said noise levels were unacceptable.
The planning inspector acknowledged concerns over noise, prompting the DfE and school to take action to mitigate it.
A decision is expected by March 2.