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#Discrimination: Sikh lawyer barred from seeing client due to Turban pins wins compensation

A Sikh lawyer has won a religious discrimination claim against Britain’s Ministry of Justice after he was prevented from entering a prison to visit client because his turban was held together with pins.

Criminal defence lawyer Amrik Bilkhu was barred from seeing a client at Belmarsh prison in south London in October 2013 because of the four pins holding his turban together.

He had been allowed inside on previous occasions.

Mr Bilkhu was awarded undisclosed compensation after the Ministry decided to settle out of court.

Mr Bilkhu’s legal representative Duncan Bertwell said that his client had suffered “indignation and distress” at his treatment by prison staff.

Mr Bertwell added that any security concerns that prison staff may have had should have been “more proportionately addressed” instead of Mr Bilkhu being barred from entering the prison altogether.

The Ministry of Justice said it would not comment on individual cases.

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