The Sikh Coalition welcomes the decision of the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) to accommodate Corrections Officer Ikhbinder S. Bassin’s Sikh articles of faith, including his unshorn beard and kara. Officer Bassin contacted the Sikh Coalition after having been denied religious accommodation and subsequently, threatened to be fired. The Sikh Coalition aggressively fought for Officer Bassin’s rights and on January 31, 2013, the ADC agreed to let Officer Bassin keep his job with a full religious accommodation to maintain an unshorn beard and a kara at all times. Fateh!

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