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NYPD Cops Get OK to Sport Turbans, Beards for Religion

Both Sikh and Muslim officers have pushed for policy change

(Newser) - The NYPD announced Wednesday it has revised policy so that police officers can now sport beards and turbans if called for by their religion, the New York Times reports. Per NBC New York , officers must get the green light before showing up for work with either, but once they get... More »

Sikh Man Breaks Protocol, Removes Turban to Help Boy

Harman Singh got a surprise of his own after his act of kindness

(Newser) - Harman Singh is a devout Sikh, meaning his turban stays on his head at all times when he's not in the privacy of his own home. But Singh broke religious protocol earlier this month when 5-year-old Daejon Pahia was hit by a car in Auckland, New Zealand. The 22-year-old... More »

Sikh Completes Basic Training

Ends policy that effectively banned Sikhs

(Newser) - Cap. Tejdeep Singh Rattan yesterday became the first Sikh in a generation allowed to compete US army basic officer training without sacrificing the articles of his faith. He got a waiver from the Army to serve with unshorn hair and a turban, an exemption to a policy that has effectively... More »

Bulletproof Turban in Development for UK's Sikh Cops

(Newser) - Scientists are developing a bulletproof turban that would allow Britain’s Sikh police officers to handle firearms and become riot cops, the Telegraph reports. The religion requires men keep their turbans on at all times, barring them from wearing helmets required in certain high-risk scenarios. “There needs to be... More »

GQ Books Sikh 'Supermodel'

IT worker was discovered last year

(Newser) - An aspiring supermodel who happens to be Sikh will appear in GQ’s Style magazine wearing a turban, the Telegraph reports. Sonny Caberwal, discovered by Kenneth Cole last year, posed in a black dinner jacket with a pink turban and in a white tuxedo with a yellow turban. Caberwal worked... More »

Obama Camp Rips New Yorker Caricature

'Offensive' drawing features Barack in turban, rifle-toting wife

(Newser) - Barack Obama's campaign has ripped an "offensive" New Yorker cover illustration depicting the candidate in a turban, fist-bumping his afro-sporting, AK-47-toting wife, Politico reports. The cover, intended by the magazine to lampoon the cartoonish image of Obama propagated by some of his right-wing critics, has sparked a flurry of... More »

Mohammed Cartoon Goes on the Market

Artist, in hiding, calls drawing 'a symbol of freedom of expression'

(Newser) - Kurt Westergaard, the artist behind the most controversial of the Danish cartoons that sparked fierce Muslim protest in 2005, is looking to sell his drawing. The sketch of Mohammed with a bomb in his turban has sent Westergaard into hiding, under police protection, and potential buyers may be scared off... More »

Traditional Trumps Trendy for Indian 'Idol'

In boost for fading custom, Sikh winner sports turban

(Newser) - The winner of "Voice of India," the country's equivalent of "American Idol," is an icon of both music and style, but he prefers tradition to trends. Ishmeet Singh, 18, has gained national recognition as a keshdari Sikh, or one who wears a turban, in an era... More »

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